introspection


in·tro·spec·tion

noun \ˌin-trə-ˈspek-shən\

: the process of examining your own thoughts or feelings

Full Definition of INTROSPECTION

:  a reflective looking inward :  an examination of one's own thoughts and feelings
in·tro·spect \-ˈspekt\ verb
in·tro·spec·tion·al \-ˈspek-shnəl, -shə-nəl\ adjective
in·tro·spec·tive \-ˈspek-tiv\ adjective
in·tro·spec·tive·ly adverb
in·tro·spec·tive·ness noun

Examples of INTROSPECTION

  1. a moment of quiet introspection
  2. <not a man given to introspection, he grew impatient with his wife's constant need to discuss their relationship>

Origin of INTROSPECTION

Latin introspectus, past participle of introspicere to look inside, from intro- + specere to look — more at spy
First Known Use: circa 1677

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in·tro·spec·tion

noun \-ˈspek-shən\   (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of INTROSPECTION

: an examination of one's own thoughts and feelings
in·tro·spec·tion·al \-shnəl, -shən-əl\ adjective

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