introspection

noun in·tro·spec·tion \ ˌin-trə-ˈspek-shən \
Updated on: 17 Nov 2017

Definition of introspection

:a reflective looking inward :an examination of one's own thoughts and feelings

introspect

play \ˌin-trə-ˈspekt\ verb

introspectional

play \ˌin-trə-ˈspek-shnəl, -shə-nᵊl\ adjective

introspective

play \ˌin-trə-ˈspek-tiv\ adjective

introspectively

adverb

introspectiveness

noun

Examples of introspection in a Sentence

  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

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Origin and Etymology of introspection

Latin introspectus, past participle of introspicere to look inside, from intro- + specere to look — more at spy


INTROSPECTION Defined for English Language Learners

introspection

noun

Definition of introspection for English Language Learners

  • : the process of examining your own thoughts or feelings


Medical Dictionary

introspection

noun in·tro·spec·tion \ -ˈspek-shən \

medical Definition of introspection

:an examination of one's own thoughts and feelings

introspectional

play \-shnəl, -shən-ᵊl\ adjective


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