Definition of meditative in US English:

meditative

adjective

  • Of, involving, or absorbed in meditation or considered thought.

    ‘meditative techniques’
    • ‘She silently slipped into a meditative trance and heard the music of her mind.’
    • ‘Some got into a meditative mood, lost in the music with their eyes closed.’
    • ‘A form of gentle, almost meditative exercise such as Pilates may seem far removed from the macho world of football.’
    • ‘And when you play those pieces do you still get yourself into a meditative state?’
    • ‘His meditative works add a lyrical note to the rich heritage of American landscape painting.’
    • ‘The image is used particularly to refer to certain meditative techniques of self-reflection.’
    • ‘He wanted visitors to be able to visit the site in a quiet, meditative space.’
    • ‘Are there any meditative techniques which increase or intensify these experiences?’
    • ‘The repetitive motion of your legs and arms helps you enter a meditative state.’
    • ‘So I must confront again the need to pause for at least some of the day in a meditative manner.’
    • ‘All the songs are meditative and laced with humour and sadness.’
    • ‘The Heights of Macchu Picchu, a long, meditative poem, unites the ancient past to the possible future.’
    • ‘It's a collection of simple meditative talks or essays starting from spring and ending in winter.’
    • ‘I liked the meditative nature of it, though, as well as all the western overtones; it was brilliant.’
    • ‘The meditative experience of a yogi is free of giving in to ordinary thought.’
    • ‘His meditative films reflected an unease with the modern world and a feeling of malaise in western society.’
    • ‘The lights were dim and incense was burning setting a somber and meditative atmosphere.’
    • ‘The centre of the Labyrinth is a space of meditative prayer and peace.’
    • ‘This is an album full of contemplative and meditative pleasures.’
    • ‘She went into a meditative trance, and was like that for at least half an hour before she came out of it.’
    contemplative, prayerful, reflective, musing, pensive, cogitative, thinking, thoughtful, studious, rapt, introspective, brooding, philosophical, ruminative, deliberative, ruminant, speculative, wistful
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Origin

Early 17th century: from meditate + -ive, reinforced by French méditatif, -ive.

Pronunciation

meditative

/ˈmedəˌtādiv//ˈmɛdəˌteɪdɪv/