observation

(noun) Making and recording a measurement.

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Usage Notes:

  • Plural: observations
  • Also called:
    • observance
    • watching

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How to Cite the Definition of Observation

ASA – American Sociological Association (5th edition)

Bell, Kenton, ed. 2013. “observation.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Retrieved July 18, 2019 (http://sociologydictionary.org/observation/).

APA – American Psychological Association (6th edition)

observation. (2013). In K. Bell (Ed.), Open education sociology dictionary. Retrieved from http://sociologydictionary.org/observation/

Chicago/Turabian: Author-Date – Chicago Manual of Style (16th edition)

Bell, Kenton, ed. 2013. “observation.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Accessed July 18, 2019. http://sociologydictionary.org/observation/.

MLA – Modern Language Association (7th edition)

“observation.” Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Ed. Kenton Bell. 2013. Web. 18 Jul. 2019. <http://sociologydictionary.org/observation/>.