AskDefine | Define observant

Dictionary Definition

observant adj
1 paying close attention especially to details
2 quick to notice; showing quick and keen perception [syn: observing]
3 (of individuals) adhering strictly to laws and rules and customs; "law-abiding citizens"; "observant of the speed limit" [syn: law-abiding]

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  1. Alert and paying close attention.
    The too observant police officer noticed that my tax disk was out-of-date.
  2. Diligently attentive in observing a law, custom, duty or principle.
    I was normally observant of the local parking restrictions.


Alert and paying close attention
Diligently attentive in observing a law, custom, duty or principle
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Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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