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introspection

[ in-truh-spek-shuhn ]
/ ˌɪn trəˈspɛk ʃən /
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noun

observation or examination of one's own mental and emotional state, mental processes, etc.; the act of looking within oneself.
the tendency or disposition to do this.

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Origin of introspection

1670–80; <Latin intrōspect(us), past participle of intrōspicere to look within (equivalent to intrō-intro- + spec(ere) to look + -tus past participle suffix) + -ion

OTHER WORDS FROM introspection

in·tro·spec·tion·al, adjectivein·tro·spec·tion·ist, noun, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for introspection

introspection
/ (ˌɪntrəˈspɛkʃən) /

noun

the examination of one's own thoughts, impressions, and feelings, esp for long periods

Derived forms of introspection

introspectional or introspective, adjectiveintrospectionist, nounintrospectively, adverbintrospectiveness, noun

Word Origin for introspection

C17: from Latin intrōspicere to look within, from intro- + specere to look
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Medical definitions for introspection

introspection
[ ĭn′trə-spĕkshən ]

n.

Contemplation of one's own thoughts, feelings, and sensations; self-examination.

Other words from introspection

intro•spect′ v.in′tro•spective (-tĭv) adj.
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