[ in-truh-spek-shuhn ]
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  1. observation or examination of one's own mental and emotional state, mental processes, etc.; the act of looking within oneself.

  2. the tendency or disposition to do this.

Origin of introspection

First recorded in 1670–80; from Latin intrōspect(us) “looked within” (past participle of intrōspicere “to look within,” from intrō- intro- + -spicere, combining form of specere “to see, observe, look”) + -iō -ion

Other words for introspection

Other words from introspection

  • in·tro·spec·tion·al, adjective
  • in·tro·spec·tion·ist, noun, adjective

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British Dictionary definitions for introspection


/ (ˌɪntrəˈspɛkʃən) /

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

Origin of introspection

C17: from Latin intrōspicere to look within, from intro- + specere to look

Derived forms of introspection

  • introspectional or introspective, adjective
  • introspectionist, noun
  • introspectively, adverb
  • introspectiveness, noun

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