I. noun Etymology: Middle French, from Latin observation-, observatio, from observare Date: 1535 1. a. an act or instance of observing a custom, rule, or law b. observance 3 2. a. an act of recognizing and noting a fact or occurrence often involving measurement with instruments <
weather observations
b. a record or description so obtained 3. a judgment on or inference from what one has observed; broadly remark, statement 4. obsolete attentive care ; heed 5. the condition of one that is observed <
under observation at the hospital
observational adjectiveobservationally adverb II. adjective Date: 1872 designed for use in viewing something (as scenery) or in making observations <
an observation tower
the observation platform

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.


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