- 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.
observation definition by Webster's New World
Webster's New World College Dictionary Copyright © 2010 by Wiley Publishing, Inc., Cleveland, Ohio. Used by arrangement with John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
- 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: Middle English observacioun ; from Classical Latin observatio, in Ecclesiastical Late Latin reverence, outward display
observation definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- a. The act or faculty of observing.b. The fact of being observed.
- a. The act of noting and recording something, such as a phenomenon, with instruments.b. The result or record of such notation: a meteorological observation.
- A comment or remark. See Synonyms at comment.
- An inference or a judgment that is acquired from or based on observing.
- obˌser·vaˈtion·al adjective
- obˌser·vaˈtion·al·ly adverb