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[in-truh-vur-zhuh n, -shuh n, in-truh-vur-] /ˌɪn trəˈvɜr ʒən, -ʃən, ˈɪn trəˌvɜr-/
the act of introverting or the state of being introverted.
the quality, tendency, or disposition of being introverted.
  1. the act of directing one's interest inward or to things within the self.
  2. the state of being concerned primarily with one's own thoughts and feelings rather than with the external environment.
    Compare extroversion.
Origin of introversion
1645-55; 1910-15 for def 3; < New Latin intrōversiōn- (stem of intrōversiō). See intro-, version
Related forms
[in-truh-vur-siv] /ˌɪn trəˈvɜr sɪv/ (Show IPA),
[in-truh-vur-tiv] /ˌɪn trəˈvɜr tɪv/ (Show IPA),
nonintroversive, adjective
nonintroversively, adverb
nonintroversiveness, noun
unintroversive, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the web for introversion
  • It's also important to understand that introversion is different from shyness.
  • Shyness is the fear of negative judgment, while introversion is simply the preference for less stimulation.
  • Neuroticism and introversion are both indicators of depression and depressive tendencies.
  • The value of solitude and introversion in a world that praises collaborative creativity.
British Dictionary definitions for introversion


(psychol) the directing of interest inwards towards one's own thoughts and feelings rather than towards the external world or making social contacts
(pathol) the turning inside out of a hollow organ or part
Compare extroversion
Derived Forms
introversive, introvertive, adjective
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Word Origin and History for introversion

1650s, of thought or contemplation, from Modern Latin introversionem, noun of action from past participle stem of *introvertere (see introvert). Meaning "tendency to withdraw from the world" is from 1912.

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introversion in Medicine

introversion in·tro·ver·sion (ĭn'trə-vûr'zhən, -shən)

  1. The act or process of introverting or the condition of being introverted.

  2. The direction of or tendency to direct one's thoughts and feelings toward oneself.

in'tro·ver'sive (-vûr'sĭv) adj.
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