ex·​am·​i·​na·​tion | \ ig-ˌza-mə-ˈnā-shən How to pronounce examination (audio) \

Definition of examination

1 : the act or process of examining : the state of being examined
2 : an exercise designed to examine progress or test qualification or knowledge
3 : a formal interrogation

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examinational \ ig-​ˌza-​mə-​ˈnā-​shnəl How to pronounce examination (audio) , -​shə-​nᵊl \ adjective

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Examples of examination in a Sentence

On closer examination, the painting appears to be a fake. The victim's clothes were sent to the lab for examination. The police made a rigorous examination of the evidence at the crime scene. The court ordered that the defendant undergo a psychiatric examination. I have to study for the history examination. procedures that are not allowed during examination of witnesses
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Recent Examples on the Web In Theodore Roosevelt: Preacher of Righteousness, Hawley offers not just a biography of America’s 26th president but a sociological examination of the historical and social forces that shaped Roosevelt’s political vision. Zaid Jilani, Washington Examiner, "Man in the arena," 31 Dec. 2020 But, with the recent release of thousands of documents and images collected during three investigations, The Times initiated a fresh examination of the case. New York Times, "Louisville Officer Who Shot Breonna Taylor Will Be Fired," 29 Dec. 2020 Woven into the cinematic fabric (Insecure star Lena Waithe has optioned motion picture rights) is a trenchant examination of race and privilege in late-stage capitalism. Chloe Schama, Vogue, "The Best Books Vogue Editors Read in 2020," 24 Dec. 2020 The Americans with Disabilities Act limits an employer's ability to require workers to get a medical examination. Megan Cerullo, CBS News, "Employers can bar unvaccinated employees from the workplace, EEOC says," 21 Dec. 2020 The men charged in Jackson County all had a hearing Friday and are due for a preliminary examination next. Darcie Moran, Detroit Free Press, "Whitmer kidnap plot suspect denied lower bond; 3 state suspects still in custody," 18 Dec. 2020 The Federal Contested Elections Act was passed and signed into law specifically to handle elections where there are concerns about the process and a careful examination is needed. Marisa Schultz, Fox News, "Potential House vote to overturn Iowa election results could spell trouble for another Iowan," 18 Dec. 2020 Proponents of either theory point toward a number of clues: the Titanic didn't allow for a public examination before its voyage, out of fear it would be found out by experts as Olympic in disguise, theorists claim. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "The Wild Conspiracy Theory That the Titanic Never Sank," 18 Dec. 2020 Videos showing officers hoisting dogs into cars or placing them on top of people already held on the ground have added to a growing examination of what tools should be available to law enforcement to make people submit. Abbie Vansickle And Challen Stephens, USA TODAY, "Police inflict painful dog bites to get people to obey - even when they're already obeying," 17 Dec. 2020

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First Known Use of examination

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of examination was in the 14th century

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15 Jan 2021

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“Examination.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/examination. Accessed 19 Jan. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of examination

: the act of looking at something closely and carefully : the act of examining something
: a close and careful study of someone or something to find signs of illness or injury
: a test to show a person's progress, knowledge, or ability


ex·​am·​i·​na·​tion | \ ig-ˌza-mə-ˈnā-shən How to pronounce examination (audio) \

Kids Definition of examination

1 : the act of checking closely and carefully The doctor performed an examination of the patient.
2 : a test given to determine progress, fitness, or knowledge a college entrance examination


ex·​am·​i·​na·​tion | \ ig-ˌzam-ə-ˈnā-shən How to pronounce examination (audio) \

Medical Definition of examination

: the act or process of inspecting or testing for evidence of disease or abnormality — see physical examination

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Legal Definition of examination

: the act or process of examining especially : a formal questioning especially in a court proceeding — see also cross-examination, direct examination, recross-examination, redirect examination — compare affidavit, deposition

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