• (RP) IPA: /ˌɒbzəˈveɪʃ(ə)n/
  • (GA) enPR ŏb'zər-vāʹshən, IPA: /ˌɑbzɚˈveɪʃən/, /-ˈveɪʃn̩/


  1. The act of observing, and the fact of being observed (see observance)
  2. The act of noting and recording some event; or the record of such noting.
  3. A remark or comment.
    • c. 1591–1592, William Shakespeare, “The Third Part of Henry the Sixt, […]”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies: Published According to the True Originall Copies (First Folio), London: Printed by Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, OCLC 606515358 ↗, [Act II, scene vi]:
      That's a foolish observation.
    • 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.
  4. A judgement based on observing.
  5. Performance of what is prescribed; adherence in practice; observance.
    • 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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