Definition of observational in US English:



  • 1Relating to the action or process of closely observing or watching something or someone.

    ‘long-term observational data suggested an improvement in survival’
    ‘the observational skills of a journalist’
    ‘our study was purely observational’
    • ‘It is important to remember that the observational data do not communicate consumer thoughts and meanings.’
    • ‘She'd have us take walks to the railroad to sharpen our observational skills.’
    • ‘We film in an observational style, following events on and off over a period of months to see how things turn out.’
    • ‘Interview and observational methodologies should be appropriate to uncover this kind of information.’
    • ‘This is a film about an observational documentary crew following a serial killer.’
    • ‘There is some observational evidence that supports the theory.’
    • ‘Through observational learning you have acquired a great number of behaviors that you could potentially produce but never do.’
    • ‘The work that has been done relating to horticultural education is observational and little data exists to back up observations.’
    • ‘Observational assessment covers many different aspects relating to both the teacher-student interaction and the learning environment.’
    • ‘I valued the film as a warm observational portrait of a brief, yet fruitful, encounter between two lonely and isolated persons.’
    1. 1.1 Drawing on things that one has seen, heard, or noticed in everyday life.
      ‘a master of observational comedy’
      • ‘Like the best observational comedy, it deals in exposing simple truths through humour and swearing.’
      • ‘Watch it with friends and let the subtle observational humour win you over until the smile washes over your face and you laugh in unison.’
      • ‘Her sparky mix of hip hop beats, sing-a-long choruses and sharply observational lyrics about modern English life made her an internet sensation before she even released a record.’
      • ‘Like most comics today, his stage act is far too long but it does include some of the best observational comedy you'll ever see.’
      • ‘This was the last performance of his usual brand of observational humor.’
      • ‘It's more like a chorus line of wonderful observational one-liners.’
      • ‘The climax of the album, however, is his mournful, observational rapping.’
      • ‘At their essence, they were brilliant observational humorists.’
      • ‘He is well equipped with sharp observational humour and precision comic timing.’
      • ‘There's a lot of brilliantly observational material about relationships.’