an instance of apprehending the true nature of a thing, especially through intuitive understanding: an insight into 18th-century life.
penetrating mental vision or discernment; faculty of seeing into inner character or underlying truth.
- an understanding of relationships that sheds light on or helps solve a problem.
- (in psychotherapy) the recognition of sources of emotional difficulty.
- an understanding of the motivational forces behind one's actions, thoughts, or behavior; self-knowledge.
Origin of insight
word dating back to 1150–1200;
see origin at in-1
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Related Words for in sightdiscernible
British Dictionary definitions for in sight
Derived Formsinsightful, adjective
the ability to perceive clearly or deeply; penetration
a penetrating and often sudden understanding, as of a complex situation or problem
- the capacity for understanding one's own or another's mental processes
- the immediate understanding of the significance of an event or action
psychiatry the ability to understand one's own problems, sometimes used to distinguish between psychotic and neurotic disorders
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Word Origin and History for in sight
c.1200, innsihht, "sight with the eyes of the mind," mental vision, understanding," from in + sight. Sense shaded into "penetrating understanding into character or hidden nature" (1580s).
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Related formsin′sight•ful (ĭn′sīt′fəl, ĭn-sīt′-) adj.
Understanding, especially an understanding of the motives and reasons behind one's actions.
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Idioms and Phrases with in sight
Within one's range of vision, as in The sailboat was still in sight on the horizon. [c. 1200]
Also, in one's sight or sights. Before one's eyes; also, within one's awareness. For example, In the world's sight he was at fault, or Harold had that promotion firmly in his sights. [c. 1200]
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