English Online Dictionary. What means observation? What does observation mean?
From Middle English observacion, borrowed from Middle French observacion. Also a borrowing from French observation and a learned borrowing from Latin observātiō(n-).
- (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /ˌɒbzəˈveɪʃ(ə)n/
- (General American) enPR: ŏb'zər-vāʹshən, -vāshʹn, IPA(key): /ˌɑbzɚˈveɪʃən/, /-ˈveɪʃn̩/
- Rhymes: -eɪʃən
- Hyphenation: ob‧ser‧va‧tion
observation (countable and uncountable, plural observations)
- The act of observing, and the fact of being observed.
- The act of noting and recording some event; or the record of such noting.
- A remark or comment.
- That's a foolish observation.
- Alexander Pope
- To observations which ourselves we make / We grow more partial for the observer's sake.
- A judgement based on observing.
- Performance of what is prescribed; adherence in practice; observance.
- Jeremy Taylor
- We are to procure dispensation or leave to omit the observation of it in such circumstances.
- Jeremy Taylor
- A regime under which a subject is routinely observed.
- Philosophically as: the phenomenal presence of human being existence.
- observation on Wikipedia.Wikipedia
Borrowed from Latin observātiō. Synchronically analysable as observer + -ation.
- IPA(key): /ɔp.sɛʁ.va.sjɔ̃/
observation f (plural observations)
- “observation” in le Trésor de la langue française informatisé (The Digitized Treasury of the French Language).
observation (plural observationes)
- observation (something that has been observed)
- observation (act or process of observing)
- observation (regime under which a subject is routinely observed)