Definition of Observant

1. Adjective. Paying close attention especially to details.

Similar to: Attentive
Derivative terms: Observance, Observe

2. Adjective. Quick to notice; showing quick and keen perception.
Exact synonyms: Observing
Similar to: Perceptive
Derivative terms: Observe

3. Adjective. (of individuals) adhering strictly to laws and rules and customs. "Observant of the speed limit"
Exact synonyms: Law-abiding
Similar to: Lawful
Derivative terms: Observance, Observe

Definition of Observant

1. a. Taking notice; viewing or noticing attentively; watchful; attentive; as, an observant spectator; observant habits.

2. n. One who observes forms and rules.

Definition of Observant

1. Noun. A member of a Franciscan order that strictly observes the rules of St. Francis. ¹

2. Adjective. Alert and paying close attention. ¹

3. Adjective. Diligently attentive in observing a law, custom, duty or principle. ¹

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Definition of Observant

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Medical Definition of Observant

1. 1. One who observes forms and rules. 2. A sycophantic servant. "Silly ducking observants, That stretch their duties nicely." (Shak) 3. An Observantine. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

Lexicographical Neighbors of Observant

observant (current term)
observation deck
observation dome
observation post
observation station
observation tower
observational constraints
observational learning

Literary usage of Observant

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. The Church History of Britain, from the Birth of Jesus Christ Until the Year by Thomas Fuller, James Nichols (1842)
"observant Friars, why first falling under King Henry's Displeasure : totally and ... And first he began with the Minorites, or Franciscan observant Friars, ..."

2. Original Letters Illustrative of English History: Including Numerous Royal by Henry Ellis (1846)
"King Henry the Eighth to Pope Leo the Tenth, in favour of the observant Friars. ... The Franciscan, observant, or Grey Friars were great favourites with ..."

3. The Talisman: A Tale of the Crusaders by Walter Scott (1878)
"... to be anxious about the opinions of others, appeared to prescribe to the Saracen.a style of courtesy more studiously and formally observant of ceremony. ..."

4. The Quarterly Review by William Gifford, John Taylor Coleridge, John Gibson Lockhart, Whitwell Elwin, William Macpherson, William Smith, John Murray, Rowland Edmund Prothero Ernle, George Walter Prothero (1902)
"To the last she continued thoughtful and observant, and, unlike Mrs Thrale, who lived through much the same span, she did not find the world at the close of ..."

5. Literary California, Poetry, Prose and Portraits by Ella Sterling Mighels (1918)
"WHEN LOVE GROWS TO BE TOO observant When Love grows to be too observant It ceases to be fervent. Lorenzo Sosso. From "Wisdom for the Wise". ..."

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