insight: Meaning and Definition of


Pronunciation: (in'sīt"), [key]
— n.
  1. an instance of apprehending the true nature of a thing, esp. through intuitive understanding: an insight into 18th-century life.
  2. penetrating mental vision or discernment; faculty of seeing into inner character or underlying truth.
    1. an understanding of relationships that sheds light on or helps solve a problem.
    2. (in psychotherapy) the recognition of sources of emotional difficulty.
    3. an understanding of the motivational forces behind one's actions, thoughts, or behavior; self-knowledge.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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