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1Quick to notice things.‘her observant eye took in every detail’
alert, sharp-eyed, sharp, eagle-eyed, hawk-eyed, with eyes like a hawk, keen-eyed, watchful, on the lookout, on the qui vive, on guard, attentive, vigilant, with one's eyes open, with one's eyes peeled, with one's eyes skinned, awake, heedful, mindful, focused, awareView synonyms
- ‘My last student was a real star, she was very conscientious and made very few mistakes because she was very alert and observant.’
- ‘How observant you are to notice that two objects at the same temperature feel differently.’
- ‘And, being a fairly observant sort, I've noticed that most footballers are human beings.’
- ‘Some of the more observant had noticed the exchange while others remained oblivious.’
- ‘It's my belief anyway that we should all be a little more empathetic and observant than we are about everything.’
- ‘The observant reader will have noticed that the recipes serve six, although there were only four of us.’
- ‘My sister came to see the place last night and was quite observant of everything.’
- ‘I, being an observant person, had noticed that I had not been asked for a bribe lately.’
- ‘It's little things like that which get noticed by observant kids such as myself.’
- ‘Ever the observant one, Barry notices these things about me even in these circumstances.’
- ‘The very observant may have noticed that I swapped webhosts over the weekend.’
- ‘You need to be much more observant and aware when on a motorcycle than when in a car.’
- ‘Can you recall a time when being alert and observant kept you safe?’
- ‘The more observant readers of this blog may have noticed that I rather like him.’
- ‘And I guess, obviously, the watch word for most travelers is be alert, be observant.’
- ‘The problem with their arguments, as observant readers will have noticed, is that their figures are rather shaky.’
- ‘Shoots may grow more than 3 cm a day, and the observant can notice changes in shoot length from day to day.’
- ‘Those observant among you will have noticed that there is no author listed for this play.’
- ‘The observant may have noticed that the colour scheme of my blog broadly matches the colour scheme of my study, pictured below.’
- ‘Mr Davies is a brilliant, observant journalist who sees and documents everything - then gets the analysis hopelessly wrong.’
2Adhering strictly to the rules of a particular religion, especially Judaism.
practising, obedient, dutiful, conformist, conformingView synonyms
- ‘Our spirituality is not locked into any one place or environment, preventing us from being observant.’
- ‘Small farmers from religiously observant homes could look forward to cheap credit and stable leases.’
- ‘No observant Jew will question the coming of the Messianic era as a tenet of Judaism.’
- ‘I am not observant and in fact have many, many transgressions to my credit, yet I am wealthy and content with my life.’
- ‘As the only observant Jew in my circle of family and friends, this is a hard idea to explain and an even harder one for them to understand.’
- ‘All students, not just those who are religiously observant, are able to eat in the dining hall.’
- ‘Years ago I met a young woman who had recently become Torah observant.’
- ‘There is no evidence that Galilean Jews were less observant than Jews who lived in Jerusalem and Judaea.’
- ‘I lived with my father in their new, observant family, and maintained an uneasy relationship with my mother.’
- ‘Raised in a religiously observant family, he certainly felt the force of scriptural themes.’
- ‘Tony teases Reuven over his observant religious practice and wonders if he'll become a priest one day.’
- ‘It is also the case that people who aren't particularly observant become more so, once they begin to raise children.’
- ‘Most of the population is not particularly observant, but religion is an important aspect of national identity.’
- ‘The New Testament records that observant Judeans wore decorations called tassels on their garments.’
- ‘If we're at all observant, we learn something for our own preaching.’
- ‘They were not going to be eating with pagans in the first place, since observant Jews don't sit down at the table with pagans.’
- ‘Now my wife, our two beautiful daughters and I live in a Jewish neighborhood and lead an observant Jewish life.’
- ‘That can't be said for other religiously observant people in the public square.’
- ‘So for me, becoming an observant Jew was a straightforward transition.’
- ‘He wears a distinctive black outfit and is strictly observant of religious laws.’
A member of a branch of the Franciscan order that followed a strict rule.
- ‘A classic example was the Franciscan Observant friar Bernardino of Siena, whose cult of the name of Jesus, employing what were effectively magical tablets, sparked off accusations of heresy.’
- ‘At the end of the 15th century six houses of Observants were established, three being transfers from Conventual friaries.’
- ‘He joined the extremely strict Observant order and excelled in their discipline.’
- ‘The Observants struggled with the Conventuals who wished to see things left as they were.’
- ‘John Barton was the great benefactor who paid for the town's first schoolteacher and who later renounced his worldly goods and became an Observant Friar.’
Late Middle English (as a noun): from French, literally watching present participle of observer (see observe).
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