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scrutiny

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noun scru·ti·ny \ˈskrü-tə-nē, ˈskrüt-nē\

Simple Definition of scrutiny

  • : the act of carefully examining something especially in a critical way : the act of scrutinizing something

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of scrutiny

plural

scrutinies

  1. 1 :  a searching study, inquiry, or inspection :  examination

  2. 2 :  a searching look

  3. 3 :  close watch :  surveillance

Examples of scrutiny in a sentence

  1. the close scrutiny of data

  2. I'd never faced that kind of scrutiny before.

  3. Because of their past crimes, everything they do now will be subject to scrutiny.

  4. Her opinion is based on a careful scrutiny of the text.



Origin and Etymology of scrutiny

Latin scrutinium, from scrutari to search, examine, probably from scruta trash


First Known Use: 1604



SCRUTINY Defined for Kids

scrutiny

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noun scru·ti·ny \ˈskrü-tə-nē, ˈskrüt-nē\

Definition of scrutiny for Students

  1. :  a close inspection




Law Dictionary

scrutiny

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noun scru·ti·ny \ˈskrüt-ən-ē\

Legal Definition of scrutiny

plural

scrutinies

  1. :  searching study or inquiry; specifically :  judicial investigation of the constitutionality of a statutory classification of persons under the equal protection clause of the U.S. Constitution — see also intermediate 2, strict scrutiny — compare rational basis test





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