observant

adjective
ob·ser·vant | \əb-ˈzər-vənt \

Definition of observant 

(Entry 1 of 2)

1a : paying strict attention : watchful an observant spectator

b : keen, perceptive observant of the mistakes of others Good reporters are keenly observant of everything around them.

2 : careful in observing rites, laws, or customs : mindful pious and religiously observant families— Sidney Hook always observant of the amenities

observant

noun

Definition of observant (Entry 2 of 2)

obsolete

: an assiduous or obsequious servant or attendant

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Other Words from observant

Adjective

observantly adverb

Synonyms & Antonyms for observant

Synonyms: Adjective

alert, Argus-eyed, attentive, awake, open-eyed, vigilant, watchful, wide-awake

Antonyms: Adjective

asleep

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Examples of observant in a Sentence

Adjective

A particularly observant child, he noticed even the slightest changes in the classroom. Good reporters are keenly observant of everything around them. The family is strictly observant.
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Even so, some traditionally observant Jews in Cleveland and Washington made special arrangements in advance to be close enough to attend. Erica Chenoweth, Washington Post, "Did you attend the March for Our Lives? Here’s what it looked like nationwide.," 13 Apr. 2018 Falk, an observant Orthodox Jew, grew up in Potomac, Md. Rick O'brien, Philly.com, "Ben Falk, former NBA analytics guru, takes over Barrack Hebrew's basketball team," 12 May 2018 There were tall trees, ninety-nine shades of green, this very observant child-woman with a dad who has a tempest in him. Caryn James, WSJ, "A Return to the Spotlight for ‘Winter’s Bone’ Director," 20 June 2018 Abstaining from food and drink is the most obvious manifestation of Ramadan, but observant Muslims are encouraged to give up bad habits such as smoking, gossip and cursing during the month as well. Aamir Hussain, Houston Chronicle, "Commentary: Is fasting at Ramadan good for you?," 19 May 2018 But Roth was too moralistic, too observant at the high altar of modernism, too prissy to get into the funk and gunk of true swingdom. James Wolcott, Vanities, "The Joy of Reading Philip Roth, Riffer, Rhetorical Flamethrower, Super-Monologuist," 24 May 2018 Though many physicians continued to raise objections to the sport, their voices were increasingly drowned out by those of more observant — and pragmatic–practitioners. Aaron Gilbreath, Longreads, "The Wheel, the Woman, and the Human Body," 6 July 2018 Jodie Landon Daria had two close friends: Her bestie and fellow goth Jane Lane, and her intellectual equal, the observant and driven Jodie Landon. Cady Drell, Marie Claire, "9 'Daria' Details I'm Praying to See in MTV's Reboot," 22 June 2018 Eleven-year-old Erica is thoughtful, observant and wise beyond her years. Boys & Girls Aid / Community Content Partner, OregonLive.com, "A Home of His Own: Michael, 11, is a fun boy who has a unique, yet keen sense of humor.," 1 June 2018

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First Known Use of observant

Adjective

1599, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Noun

1605, in the meaning defined above

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observant

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of observant

: good at watching and listening : good at noticing what is going on around you

: careful to follow religious teachings or customs

observant

adjective
ob·ser·vant | \əb-ˈzər-vənt \

Kids Definition of observant

: quick to take notice : watchful, alert

Other Words from observant

observantly adverb

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