Definition of meditative in English:



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

    ‘meditative techniques’
    • ‘The centre of the Labyrinth is a space of meditative prayer and peace.’
    • ‘All the songs are meditative and laced with humour and sadness.’
    • ‘This is an album full of contemplative and meditative pleasures.’
    • ‘A form of gentle, almost meditative exercise such as Pilates may seem far removed from the macho world of football.’
    • ‘It's a collection of simple meditative talks or essays starting from spring and ending in winter.’
    • ‘The meditative experience of a yogi is free of giving in to ordinary thought.’
    • ‘The repetitive motion of your legs and arms helps you enter a meditative state.’
    • ‘His meditative works add a lyrical note to the rich heritage of American landscape painting.’
    • ‘She went into a meditative trance, and was like that for at least half an hour before she came out of it.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Are there any meditative techniques which increase or intensify these experiences?’
    • ‘The Heights of Macchu Picchu, a long, meditative poem, unites the ancient past to the possible future.’
    • ‘I liked the meditative nature of it, though, as well as all the western overtones; it was brilliant.’
    • ‘Some got into a meditative mood, lost in the music with their eyes closed.’
    • ‘She silently slipped into a meditative trance and heard the music of her mind.’
    • ‘He wanted visitors to be able to visit the site in a quiet, meditative space.’
    • ‘So I must confront again the need to pause for at least some of the day in a meditative manner.’
    • ‘And when you play those pieces do you still get yourself into a meditative state?’
    • ‘The image is used particularly to refer to certain meditative techniques of self-reflection.’
    contemplative, prayerful, reflective, musing, pensive, cogitative, thinking, thoughtful, studious, rapt, introspective, brooding, philosophical, ruminative, deliberative, ruminant, speculative, wistful
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Early 17th century: from meditate + -ive, reinforced by French méditatif, -ive.