observant

  • 1 Observant — Ob*serv ant, a. [L. observans, anits, p. pr. of observare: cf. F. observant. See {Observe}.] 1. Taking notice; viewing or noticing attentively; watchful; carefully attentive; as, an observant spectator; observant habits. [1913 Webster] Wandering… …

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  • 2 observant — ⇒OBSERVANT, ANTE, part. prés., adj. et subst. I. Part. prés. de observer. II. Adjectif A. Qui est fidèle à l observance religieuse. Elle était d ailleurs devenue assez insensible, un peu inflexible, avec cette vie toute spirituelle qui s ajoutait …

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  • 3 Observant — or observance may refer to: Making an observation Having observance of a holiday (public, religious, etc.) religious law or spiritual practice (worship, diet, taboo, etc.) Observant, Franciscan friar The Observants, one eyed ghosts in Danny… …

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  • 4 observant — (adj.) c.1600, from Fr. observant, pp. of observer (see OBSERVANCE (Cf. observance)). In reference to Judaism, from 1902. As a noun from late 15c. Related: Observantly; observantness …

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  • 5 observant — [əb zʉrv′ənt] adj. [Fr, prp. of observer,OBSERVE] 1. strict in observing, or keeping, a law, custom, duty, rule, etc.: often with of [observant of the rules of etiquette] 2. paying careful attention; keenly watchful 3. perceptive or alert 4.… …

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  • 6 Observant — Ob*serv ant, n. 1. One who observes forms and rules. [Obs.] Hooker. [1913 Webster] 2. A sycophantic servant. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] Silly ducking observants, That stretch their duties nicely. Shak. [1913 Webster] 3. (R. C. Ch.) An Observantine.… …

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  • 7 observant — index alert (vigilant), circumspect, conscientious, conscious (aware), law abiding, obedient …

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  • 8 observant — [adj] alert, watchful advertent, alive, attentive, bright, clear sighted*, comprehending, considering, contemplating, correct, deducing, detecting, discerning, discovering, discriminating, eager, eagle eyed*, heedful, intelligent, intentive,… …

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  • 9 observant — ► ADJECTIVE 1) quick to notice things. 2) observing the rules of a religion …

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  • 10 observant — [[t]əbzɜ͟ː(r)v(ə)nt[/t]] 1) ADJ GRADED Someone who is observant pays a lot of attention to things and notices more about them than most people do. That s a marvellous description, Mrs Drummond. You re unusually observant... An observant doctor… …

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  • 11 observant — ob|ser|vant [əbˈzə:vənt US ə:r ] adj 1.) good or quick at noticing things ▪ a quiet and observant person ▪ Supervisors are trained to be observant. ▪ the writer s observant eye for detail 2.) obeying laws, religious rules etc ▪ observant Jews …

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  • 12 observant — I. adjective Date: 1602 1. a. paying strict attention ; watchful < an observant spectator > b. keen, perceptive 2. careful in observing (as rites, laws, or customs) ; mindful < pious and …

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  • 13 observant — in·observant; un·observant; observant; …

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  • 14 observant — adjective a) Alert and paying close attention. The too observant police officer noticed that my tax disk was out of date. b) Diligently attentive in observing a law, custom, duty or principle …

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  • 15 observant — adj. VERBS ▪ be, seem ▪ become ADVERB ▪ extremely, fairly, very, etc …

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  • 16 observant — adj. observant of * * * [əb zɜːv(ə)nt] observant of …

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  • 17 observant — ob|ser|vant [ əb zɜrvənt ] adjective 1. ) noticing everything that happens: The burglary was foiled by an observant neighbor. 2. ) obeying religious laws: an observant Jew …

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  • 18 observant — adjective 1 good or quick at noticing things: Luckily, an observant passerby spotted the broken cable. (+ of): Artists tend to be more observant of their surroundings. 2 (+ of) obeying laws, religious rules etc …

    Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • 19 observant — adjective 1) the farmer whose weather eye has been usurped by the radio has become less observant Syn: alert, sharp eyed, sharp, eagle eyed, hawk eyed, having eyes like a hawk, watchful, heedful, aware; on the lookout, on the qui vive, on guard,… …

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  • 20 observant — UK [əbˈzɜː(r)v(ə)nt] / US [əbˈzɜrvənt] adjective 1) noticing everything that happens The burglary was foiled by an observant neighbour. 2) obeying religious laws an observant Jew …

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