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[in-truh-spek-tiv] /ˌɪn trəˈspɛk tɪv/
characterized by introspection, the act or process of looking into oneself.
Related forms
introspectively, adverb
introspectiveness, noun
nonintrospective, adjective
nonintrospectively, adverb
nonintrospectiveness, noun
unintrospective, adjective
unintrospectively, adverb Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • His seven years at Brockett's had been, introspectively, of little moment.

    Fortitude Hugh Walpole
  • Yet we do not usually speak of introspectively recognizing a sensation.

    Illusions James Sully
  • He had searched himself subjectively, introspectively, thoroughly: he knew he did not love her, but he had promised to marry her!

  • This inner response of getting ready for the task can be introspectively observed by a person who is new to this type of test.

    Psychology Robert S. Woodworth
  • "I have been looking forward to doing something of that sort," said Queed, introspectively.

    Queed Henry Sydnor Harrison
Word Origin and History for introspectively



1820, from Latin introspect-, past participle stem of introspicere (see introspection) + -ive.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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