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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR OBSERVATION

She was conveyed to the palace in a cedar carriage, carefully screened from observation.

I freely say that the tendency of my thought, based on observation, is to conservatism.

My field of observation has been at home, here in America; but it has been the same in France.

By observation, the camp was in latitude 31 degrees 42 minutes South.

By observation, the elevation of this encampment is 2,250 feet.

That is contrary to the observation of philosophers of bygone days.

The imagination is skilfully awakened and made to do the work of observation.

“You will want some conclusive evidence,” came the observation in a murmur.

Until now this personage had escaped the observation of the travelers.

I asked if this was her own insolence, or her young mistress's observation?

WORD ORIGIN

late 14c., "performance of a religious rite," from Latin observationem (nominative observatio) "a watching over, observance, investigation," noun of action from past participle stem of observare (see observe). Sense of "act or fact of paying attention" is from 1550s. Meaning "a remark in reference to something observed" first recorded 1590s.

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