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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Other Words from examination

examinational \ ig-​ˌza-​mə-​ˈnā-​shnəl How to pronounce examinational (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 When the suit was filed in 2017, Department of Homeland Security officials said U.S. citizens and everyone else are subject to examination and search by customs officials, unless exempted by diplomatic status. NBC News, "U.S. court rules against warrantless searches of phones, laptops of international travelers," 13 Nov. 2019 Many of his books and articles were based on examinations of published work rather than on field work of his own. New York Times, "Norman Myers Dies at 85; Sounded Early Alarm on Environment," 11 Nov. 2019 After further examination Monday in Milwaukee, including an MRI, Middleton was diagnosed with a left thigh contusion and is expected to miss 3-4 weeks, the Bucks announced. Matt Velazquez, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Khris Middleton is expected to miss 3-4 weeks with a thigh bruise suffered Sunday," 11 Nov. 2019 Both women testified during Searcy's preliminary examination that Searcy — wearing a uniform and driving a patrol car — stopped them in downtown Detroit. Gina Kaufman, Detroit Free Press, "Former Detroit cop accused of preying on women has checkered past," 11 Nov. 2019 Recovery, however, was slow, and further examination revealed that the damage to the meniscus was so extensive that Smith had to undergo a meniscus transplant. Edward Lee, baltimoresun.com, "Driven to succeed, Towson’s Caleb Smith overcomes serious injury to develop into starting wide receiver," 8 Nov. 2019 Upon examination by four veterinarians, it was recommended that the horse be euthanized, given the severity of his injury. Claudia Harmata, PEOPLE.com, "Breeders' Cup Ends With 37th Horse Death Since December at Santa Anita Race Track," 4 Nov. 2019 At the medical examiner’s office, Naka’s team’s examination of the body at the morgue began to shed some light on how the misidentification could have happened. Joe Sexton, ProPublica, "Journalism That Holds Power to Account," 3 Nov. 2019 For context, examinations of smoking as a risk for different types of lung cancers tend to show ORs of 20 to 100 or greater, so an OR less than 2 isn’t a particularly substantial risk factor. Tara C. Smith, SELF, "Should You Worry About the Zantac Recall If You've Been Using It for Heartburn?," 31 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of examination

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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17 Nov 2019

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

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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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