1. deeply or seriously thoughtful

    Synonyms : brooding, broody, contemplative, meditative, musing, pondering, reflective, ruminative
  2. showing pensive sadness

    Synonyms : wistful


  1. marked by precise accordance with details

    Synonyms : meticulous
    Examples :
    • punctilious in his attention to rules of etiquette


  1. (of language) transparently clear; easily understandable

    Synonyms : crystal clear, limpid, lucid, luculent, perspicuous
    Examples :
    • pellucid prose
  2. transmitting light; able to be seen through with clarity

    Synonyms : crystal clear, crystalline, limpid, lucid, transparent
    Examples :
    • a pellucid brook


  1. displaying or suggesting a lack of maturity

    Synonyms : adolescent, jejune, juvenile
    Examples :
    • puerile jokes
  2. of or characteristic of a child

    Examples :
    • puerile breathing


  1. expressing disapproval

    Synonyms : dislogistic, dyslogistic


  1. careful and sensible; marked by sound judgment

    Antonyms : imprudent
    Examples :
    • a prudent manager
    • prudent rulers
    • prudent hesitation
    • more prudent to hide than to fight


  1. eminent beyond or above comparison

    Synonyms : matchless, nonpareil, one, one and only, unmatchable, unmatched, unrivaled, unrivalled
    Examples :
    • a peerless scholar


  1. a country person

    Synonyms : bucolic, peasant
    Type Of : rustic
  2. characteristic of the provinces or their people

    Antonyms : cosmopolitan
    Examples :
    • deeply provincial and conformist
    • in that well-educated company I felt uncomfortably provincial
    • narrow provincial attitudes
  3. (Roman Catholic Church) an official in charge of an ecclesiastical province acting under the superior general of a religious order

    Type Of : official, functionary
    Examples :
    • the general of the Jesuits receives monthly reports from the provincials
  4. of or associated with a province

    Examples :
    • provincial government


  1. lacking wit or imagination

    Synonyms : earthbound, prosaic, prosy
    Examples :
    • a pedestrian movie plot
  2. a person who travels by foot

    Synonyms : footer, walker
    Type Of : traveler, traveller


  1. (computer science) rules determining the format and transmission of data

    Synonyms : communications protocol
    Type Of : prescript, rule
  2. code of correct conduct

    Type Of : code of behavior, code of conduct
    Examples :
    • safety protocols
    • academic protocol
  3. forms of ceremony and etiquette observed by diplomats and heads of state

    Type Of : etiquette