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observant

adjective ob·ser·vant \ əb-ˈzər-vənt \
Updated on: 22 Nov 2017

Definition of observant

1 a : 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

observantly

adverb

Examples of observant in a Sentence

  1. A particularly observant child, he noticed even the slightest changes in the classroom.

  2. Good reporters are keenly observant of everything around them.

  3. The family is strictly observant.

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First Known Use of observant

1599


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observant

noun

Definition of observant

obsolete
: an assiduous or obsequious servant or attendant

First Known Use of observant

1605


OBSERVANT Defined for English Language Learners

observant

adjective

Definition of observant for English Language Learners

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

  • : careful to follow religious teachings or customs


OBSERVANT Defined for Kids

observant

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

Definition of observant for Students

: quick to take notice : watchful, alert

observantly

adverb


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