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- (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /ˌɒbzəˈveɪʃ(ə)n/
- (General American) enPR: ŏb'zər-vāʹshən, -vāshʹn, IPA(key): /ˌɑbzɚˈveɪʃən/, /-ˈveɪʃn̩/
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- Rhymes: -eɪʃən
- Hyphenation: ob‧ser‧va‧tion
- The act of observing, and the fact of being observed (see observance)
- 1897 December (indicated as 1898), Winston Churchill, chapter V, in The Celebrity: An Episode, New York, N.Y.: The Macmillan Company; London: Macmillan & Co., Ltd., OCLC 222716698:
- 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.
- The act of noting and recording some event; or the record of such noting.
- 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.
- 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, 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.
- Performance of what is prescribed; adherence in practice; observance.
- A regime under which a subject is routinely observed.
- Philosophically as: the phenomenal presence of human being existence.
- (stochastics) A realization of a random variable.
act of observing or being observed
recording an event; the record of such noting
remark or comment
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observation f (plural observations)
- “observation”, in Trésor de la langue française informatisé [Digitized Treasury of the French Language], 2012.
observation (plural observationes)