- The definition of an observation is the act of noticing something or a judgment or inference from something seen or experienced.
- An example of observation is the watching of Haley's Comet.
- An example of observation is making the statement that a teacher is proficient from watching him teach several times.
- observance, as of laws, customs, etc.
- the act, practice, or power of noticing
- something noticed
- the fact of being seen or noticed: seeking to avoid observation
- the act or practice of noting and recording facts and events, as for some scientific study
- the data so noted and recorded
- a comment or remark based on something observed
- the act of determining the altitude of the sun, a star, etc., in order to find a ship's position at sea
- the result obtained
Origin of observationMiddle English observacioun ; from Classical Latin observatio, in Ecclesiastical Late Latin reverence, outward display
- a. The act of observing: observations of a rare bird.b. The power or faculty of observing.c. The fact of being observed: kept the suspect under observation.
- a. The act or process of perceiving something, such as a phenomenon, often by means of an instrument, and making a record of the resulting information.b. The result or record of such an act or process: a meteorological observation.
- An inference, judgment, or remark that is made by observing: made some sharp observations about the movie.
From Latin observatio