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From Middle English observacion, borrowed from Middle French observacion. Also a borrowing from French observation and a learned borrowing from Latin observātiō(n-). Morphologically observe +‎ -ation


  • (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)

  1. The act of observing, and the fact of being observed (see observance)
  2. The act of noting and recording some event; or the record of such noting.
  3. A remark or comment.
    • 1734, Alexander Pope, Of the Knowledge and Characters of Men
      To observations which ourselves we make / We grow more partial for the observer's sake.
  4. A judgement based on observing.
  5. Performance of what is prescribed; adherence in practice; observance.
    • 1650, Jeremy Taylor, The Rule and Exercises of Holy Living
      We are to procure dispensation or leave to omit the observation of it in such circumstances.
  6. A regime under which a subject is routinely observed.
  7. Philosophically as: the phenomenal presence of human being existence.

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See also

  • observation on Wikipedia.Wikipedia



Borrowed from Latin observātiō. Synchronically analysable as observer +‎ -ation.


  • IPA(key): /ɔp.sɛʁ.va.sjɔ̃/


observation f (plural observations)

  1. observation

Further reading

  • “observation” in Trésor de la langue française informatisé (The Digitized Treasury of the French Language).



observation (plural observationes)

  1. observation (something that has been observed)
  2. observation (act or process of observing)
  3. observation (regime under which a subject is routinely observed)

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