med·​i·​ta·​tive ˈme-də-ˌtā-tiv How to pronounce meditative (audio)
: marked by or conducive to meditation
: disposed or given to meditation
meditatively adverb
meditativeness noun

Examples of meditative in a Sentence

I could see that she was in a meditative mood. I've been in a meditative mood all day.
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Word History

First Known Use

1611, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of meditative was in 1611

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“Meditative.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Nov. 2023.

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med·​i·​ta·​tive ˈmed-ə-ˌtāt-iv How to pronounce meditative (audio)
: having the habit of meditating
meditatively adverb

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