• WordNet 3.6
    • n introspection the contemplation of your own thoughts and desires and conduct
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Introspection A view of the inside or interior; a looking inward; "I was forced to make an introspection into my own mind."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n introspection The act of looking inward; a view of the inside or interior; specifically, the act of directly observing the states and processes of one's own mind; examination of one's own thoughts or feelings. Introspection is employed in psychology as the only method of directly ascertaining the facts of consciousness; but the limits of its applicability and the value of the results attained by it are subjects of dispute.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • ns Introspection a sight of the inside or interior: the act of directly observing the processes of one's own mind, self-examination
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  • Frank Moore Colby
    “By rights, satire is a lonely and introspective occupation, for nobody can describe a fool to the life without much patient self-inspection.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Cf. F. introspection,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. intro, within, specĕre, to see.


In literature:

That this is no speculative hypothesis but a real fact of experience can be proved by any sincere act of personal introspection.
"The Complex Vision" by John Cowper Powys
There is no doubt that people who are not introspective lead the happiest lives.
"The Making of a Soul" by Kathlyn Rhodes
Introspection had done its work.
"At the Time Appointed" by A. Maynard Barbour
Blue Bonnet was puzzled, but deciding that Alec needed to have his mind turned from introspective subjects, she took him up at once.
"Blue Bonnet's Ranch Party" by C. E. Jacobs
But Standish thought neither of the justice of God nor of his own demerits, nor had he skill or practice for introspection.
"Standish of Standish" by Jane G. Austin
But he had been much given to introspection.
"Despair's Last Journey" by David Christie Murray
Hence the great introspective literary activity of the German Jewish youth.
"The Menorah Journal, Volume 1, 1915" by Various
He was an old and broken man when he landed in Seattle, a silent, gray and introspective philosopher.
"A Daughter of the Middle Border" by Hamlin Garland
He is unquestionably turning pale, and his eyes are filled with a strange, introspective, puzzled look.
"A War-Time Wooing" by Charles King
I do not invite men to neglect introspection and the examination of conscience.
"The Simple Life" by Charles Wagner

In news:

Tying the pieces together is the theme of a journey and a search for introspection .
For an event that traditionally celebrates the heights of glamour and excess, the Oscars this year were, in a number of ways, about as grounded and introspective as they could be.
Academy Awards take an introspective , corrective turn.
"Frank Sinatra Sings for Only the Lonely," released in the summer of 1958, expanded on the mournful, introspective tone of "Wee Small Hours" by adding shadings that were at once jazzier and more operatic.
After dissecting his own life for last year's memoir See a Little Light: A Trail of Rage and Melody, Mould was ready to do something that didn't require sitting still and being introspective.
An appreciation of "the season of introspection" that only New Englander s may understand.
Pioneers in video art, Jesper Just and Omer Fast produce such slick, well-acted tales they make the old rough-edged loops of introspective tedium, still a staple of museums' contemporary wings, look like child's play.
While Republicans continue to soul search after their party's loss in the presidential election, former Mississippi Gov Haley Barbour injected a new term Wednesday to describe the GOP's introspection.
Former Mississippi Gov Haley Barbour says a proctology exam is a good way to describe the GOP's introspection.
Confronting the decision of whether or not to retake the MCAT requires serious introspection and honest, realistic consideration of several major factors.
The walls are filled with creative exploration and possibilities as well as personal involvement and introspection.
With Congress facing approval ratings in the single digits, one might expect some introspection, reflection, even calls for changes.
An introspective look at life through the fading eyes of a genius.
An introspective look into the mind of mountain-bike athlete Sam Pilgrim .
Election results should spark introspection, inspiration.

In science:

In section 17, p. 837, they compare Quantum Logics with other non-classical logics introduced on introspective or philosophical grounds, such as intuistionistic logics.
Connectives in Quantum and other Cumulative Logics
It is indeed surprising that Quantum Logics come to satisfy formal properties designed with a completely different intention: to describe properties “introduced on introspective grounds” and intended to describe disciplined “jumping to conclusions”.
Connectives in Quantum and other Cumulative Logics
Goodfaith: agents commit only to what they believe themselves capable of, and only if they really mean it. • Introspection: agents are aware of their obligations. • Persistenceofmentalstate: agents have perfect memory of, and faith in, their beliefs, and only let go off a belief if they learn a contradictory fact.
Logic-Based Specification Languages for Intelligent Software Agents
Combining introspection and communication with rationality and reactivity in agents.
Logic-Based Specification Languages for Intelligent Software Agents
For wholeness of perception, as it appears in introspective analysis, I mean the following.
The quantum speed up as advanced knowledge of the solution