[ in-truh-spekt ]
/ ˌɪn trəˈspɛkt /

verb (used without object)

to practice introspection; consider one's own internal state or feelings.

verb (used with object)

to look into or examine (one's own mind, feelings, etc.).

Origin of introspect

First recorded in 1675–85; back formation from introspection
Related formsin·tro·spect·a·ble, in·tro·spect·i·ble, adjectivein·tro·spec·tion, nounin·tro·spec·tive, adjectivein·tro·spec·tor, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for introspectible


/ (ˌɪntrəˈspɛkt) /


(intr) to examine and analyse one's own thoughts and feelings
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Word Origin and History for introspectible



1680s, from Latin introspectus, past participle of introspicere "look at, look into" (see introspection). Related: Introspected; introspecting.

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