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introspection

[in-truh-spek-shuh n] /ˌɪn trəˈspɛk ʃən/
noun
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
1670-1680
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
Related forms
introspectional, adjective
introspectionist, noun, adjective
Synonyms
1. self-examination, soul-searching.
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British Dictionary definitions for introspectionist

introspection

/ˌɪntrəˈspɛkʃən/
noun
1.
the examination of one's own thoughts, impressions, and feelings, esp for long periods
Derived Forms
introspectional, introspective, adjective
introspectionist, noun
introspectively, adverb
introspectiveness, noun
Word Origin
C17: from Latin intrōspicere to look within, from intro- + specere to look
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Word Origin and History for introspectionist

introspection

n.

1670s, noun of action from past participle stem of Latin introspicere "to look into, look at," from intro- "inward" (see intro-) + specere "to look at" (see scope (n.1)).

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introspectionist in Medicine

introspection in·tro·spec·tion (ĭn'trə-spěk'shən)
n.
Contemplation of one's own thoughts, feelings, and sensations; self-examination.


in'tro·spect' v.
in'tro·spec'tion·al adj.
in'tro·spec'tive (-tĭv) adj.
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