observation

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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-).

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observation (countable and uncountable, plural observations)

  1. The act of observing, and the fact of being observed.
    • 1898, Winston Churchill, chapter 5, in The Celebrity:
      But Miss Thorn relieved the situation by laughing aloud, [] . We began to tell her about Mohair and the cotillon, and of our point of observation from the Florentine galleried porch, and she insisted she would join us there.
    • 2012 March-April, Jeremy Bernstein, “A Palette of Particles”, in American Scientist, volume 100, number 2, page 146:
      The physics of elementary particles in the 20th century was distinguished by the observation of particles whose existence had been predicted by theorists sometimes decades earlier.
  2. The act of noting and recording some event; or the record of such noting.
  3. A remark or comment.
  4. A judgement based on observing.
    • 2001 September 27, Terrie E. Moffitt; Avshalom Caspi; Michael Rutter; Phil A. Silva, Sex Differences in Antisocial Behaviour: Conduct Disorder, Delinquency, and Violence in the Dunedin Longitudinal Study[1], Cambridge University Press, →ISBN, page 151:
      This hypothesis goes by many names, including group resistence, the threshold effect, and the gender paradox. Because the hypothesis holds such wide appeal, it is worth revisiting the logic behind it. The hypothesis is built on the factual observation that fewer females than males act antisocially.
  5. Performance of what is prescribed; adherence in practice; observance.
    • (Can we date this quote by Jeremy Taylor and provide title, author's full name, and other details?)
      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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French[edit]

French Wikipedia has an article on:
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Etymology[edit]

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

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observation f (plural observations)

  1. observation

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Noun[edit]

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)