ex·​am·​i·​na·​tion | \ig-ˌza-mə-ˈnā-shən \

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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Other Words from examination

examinational \ ig-​ˌza-​mə-​ˈnā-​shnəl , -​shə-​nᵊl \ adjective

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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The plane was being hauled Tuesday to a secure location for further examination, investigators said. Fox News, "3 Canadians killed when plane loses power, crashes in Maine," 31 July 2018 The bullet has not been removed and at Tuesday’s hearing, Griffin’s attorney, Assistant Public Defender Kristen Nevdal, asked Judge Jeffrey MacKay to temporarily let Griffin out of jail in order to visit his family doctor for an examination. Clifford Ward, chicagotribune.com, "Man pleads not guilty to shopping mall shooting that authorities say was sparked by spilled bottle of urine," 11 July 2018 Knudson said the aircraft was removed from the scene around 4 p.m. Sunday and taken to Poplar Grove, Ill., for further examination. Michelle L. Quinn, Post-Tribune, "Helicopter that crash-landed in Chicago over weekend originated from Hobart hospital," 9 July 2018 Beaudette, an Irvine resident and a veteran of the outdoors, was camping to allow his wife, an Orange County obstetrician, some quiet time to study for an examination. Richard Winton, latimes.com, "Father killed at Malibu campground was shot in head, coroner says," 27 June 2018 There also must be some clarity about who would pay for the examination, Beetem said. Jason Hancock, kansascity, "Lawyer says screenshot proves Greitens’ staff used Confide for public business," 19 June 2018 The child was found unharmed and was taken for a medical examination, according to the sheriff's office. Lavendrick Smith And Joe Marusak, charlotteobserver, "Child found alive at NC home where 3 found dead," 8 June 2018 But they weren't put through for forensic examination until April 2018 when Detective Nick Vega was assigned to the case, according to the department. Michelle Hunter, NOLA.com, "Arrested Terrytown man took lewd photos of young girls: JPSO," 4 June 2018 The packages will initially stay in space for just five minutes before coming back to the blue planet for an examination of any textural changes, according to the BBC. Laignee Barron, Time, "Thailand to Send Smelly Durian Into Space Because Future Astronauts Should be Able to Enjoy Thai Food," 1 June 2018

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First Known Use of examination

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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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 \

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 \

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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