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  • adj. Examining one's own perceptions and sensory experiences; contemplative or thoughtful about oneself.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Inspecting within; seeing inwardly; capable of, or exercising, inspection; self-conscious.
  • adj. Involving the act or results of conscious knowledge of physical phenomena; -- contrasted with associational.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Looking within; characterized or effected by introspection; studying or exhibiting one's own consciousness or internal state.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. given to examining own sensory and perceptual experiences


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