I know that the person being interviewed is interviewee, but I cannot find the equivalent for the person being observed! Any help would be greatly appreciated.

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    How about the observed?
    – Toothrot
    May 21, 2016 at 13:31
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    Possible duplicate of Synonym for observee
    – user140086
    May 21, 2016 at 15:54
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    The following is the strict rule of this community. Questions on choosing an ideal word or phrase must include information on how it will be used in order to be answered. For help writing a good word or phrase request, see: About single word requests.
    – user140086
    May 21, 2016 at 15:56
  • Please give the context. Who is observing whom? A spy observing another agent? An assasin observing a mark? A psychologist observing an experimental subject? A doctor observing a patient? Nov 19, 2020 at 18:30

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Wiktionary cites observee:, but it appears to be used mainly in scientific contexts:

Noun (plural observees)

  • One who is observed.

Ngram: "observee"


  • Thus, on days and at times selected by the observee, two observers show up at the observee' s work site and use a standard behavioral checklist to conduct a systematic 30-minute observation session, followed by interactive feedback... From Safety, Health, and Asset Protection

Subject. Wiktionary says

A human, animal or an inanimate object that is being examined, treated, analysed, etc


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