Origin of contemplativeMiddle English contemplatif from Old French from Classical Latin contemplativus
When you are sitting quietly and meditating on religion and life, this is an example of a time when you are contemplative.
- A person given to contemplation.
- A member of a religious order that emphasizes meditation.
(comparative more contemplative, superlative most contemplative)
- Someone who has dedicated themselves to religious contemplation.
From Old French contemplatif, from the participle stem of Latin contemplāre.
- His contemplative gaze ran over her face and paused on her lips.
- She was contemplative and calm, sad but not suicidal.
- He experienced within himself the inward call to seek the amelioration of mankind and their deliverance from ruin, and regarded this inner impulse, intensified as it was by long, contemplative solitude and by visions, as being the call addressed to him by God Himself.
- The life is mainly given up to devotional contemplative exercises; the church services are of extreme length; intellectual study is little cultivated; manual labour has almost disappeared; there are many hermits on Athos.
- The contemplative asceticism of the Essenes of Judaea may be mentioned, and, somewhat later, the life of the Therapeutae on the shores of Lake Moeris.