observant [əb zʉrv′ənt]
[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. Judaism designating or of a person who adheres strictly to traditional religious practices
former name for FRIAR MINOR

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