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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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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While some fans were quick to call out the star for appearing to promote smoking on her Instagram account, upon closer examination, many could see that was not the case. Kaitlyn Frey, PEOPLE.com, "Inside Kourtney Kardashian’s Italian Vacation Wardrobe, from Vintage Chanel to Her Prom Shoes!," 2 July 2018 Upon examination of the wounded animal, the warden observed a small entrance wound near the deer’s spine. Houston Chronicle, "Game warden field notes," 1 July 2018 During cross-examination, Barrett Boudreaux, a lawyer for the city, used questions about the pathologist’s pay rate — $750 per hour — and collaboration with the LeGrier family’s lawyers to call her conclusions into question. Dan Hinkel, chicagotribune.com, "Chicago cop Robert Rialmo takes stand at civil trial over his fatal shooting of 2," 19 June 2018 Chu said during cross-examination by Gainey’s attorney, Sharon Piper. Harold Brubaker, Philly.com, "Testimony: White House call kicked off criminal investigation of H.R. McMaster Sr.'s death at Cathedral Village," 5 June 2018 Upon a deeper examination of Darvish’s outing against the Braves, two developments jump out. Michael Beller, SI.com, "Yu Darvish is Tweaking His Mechanics to Try and Escape His Early-Season Struggles," 18 May 2018 Upon further examination, James discovers a fantasy world of insect friends who inhabit the peach and help guide his life to a new chapter of hope and promise. Philip Potempa, Post-Tribune, "LaPorte Little Theatre picks ‘Peach’ for spring musical run," 26 Apr. 2018 The autopsy results showed various internal injuries that were not visible upon external examination. Carol Robinson, AL.com, "Father charged with capital murder in death of infant," 26 Apr. 2018 This email was sent after jurors heard Shahla Mateen, Omar's mother, deny during cross-examination that her husband had any relationship with the FBI. Bloomberg.com, "Pulse Gunman’s Father Was FBI Informant, Widow’s Lawyers Say," 26 Mar. 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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