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verb (used without object)
  1. to practice introspection; consider one's own internal state or feelings.
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verb (used with object)
  1. to look into or examine (one's own mind, feelings, etc.).
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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
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Examples from the Web for introspecting

Historical Examples

  • Man, introspecting, saw himself at his real worth, and was not proud.

    A Breath of Prairie and other stories

    Will Lillibridge

  • Is the introspecting thought the same with the thought which is introspected?

British Dictionary definitions for introspecting


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



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

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