- an act or instance of noticing or perceiving.
- an act or instance of regarding attentively or watching.
- the faculty or habit of observing or noticing.
- notice: to escape a person's observation.
- an act or instance of viewing or noting a fact or occurrence for some scientific or other special purpose: the observation of blood pressure under stress.
- the information or record secured by such an act.
- something that is learned in the course of observing things: My observation is that such clouds mean a storm.
- a remark, comment, or statement based on what one has noticed or observed.
- the condition of being observed.
- the measurement of the altitude or azimuth of a heavenly body for navigational purposes.
- the information obtained by such a measurement.
- Obsolete. observance, as of the law.
Origin of observation
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Examples from the Web for self-observation
All this observation and self-observation possibly says something very depressing about how insular and self-obsessing we are.Watching Us, Watching Them: On ‘The People’s Couch’
March 20, 2014
Psychology, resting on self-observation, is pronounced a delusion.Christianity and Greek Philosophy
Benjamin Franklin Cocker
So far as self-observation throws any light on the matter, this statement appears to be correct.Criminal Psychology
But the very keenness of his self-observation gradually brings him healing: a mastery of the body by the brain.
They are not quite so new to the world, to experimental labor in the business of tuition, or to self-observation.An Essay on the Evils of Popular Ignorance
It can only be determined by practised self-consciousness and self-observation, assisted by observation of others.Utilitarianism
John Stuart Mill
- the act of observing or the state of being observed
- a comment or remark
- detailed examination of phenomena prior to analysis, diagnosis, or interpretationthe patient was under observation
- the facts learned from observing
- an obsolete word for observance
- a sight taken with an instrument to determine the position of an observer relative to that of a given heavenly body
- the data so taken
Word Origin and History for self-observation
late 14c., "performance of a religious rite," from Latin observationem (nominative observatio) "a watching over, observance, investigation," noun of action from past participle stem of observare (see observe). Sense of "act or fact of paying attention" is from 1550s. Meaning "a remark in reference to something observed" first recorded 1590s.