examination

noun
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

Synonyms for examination

Synonyms

exam, quiz, test

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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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Proponents of either theory point towards a number of clues: that the Titanic didn't allow for a public examination before its voyage—out of fear that it would be found out by experts as Olympic in disguise, theorists claim. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "The Wild Conspiracy That the Titanic Never Sank," 27 Feb. 2019 The wreckage will be transported to Phoenix, Arizona, for a forensic examination. ___ Associated Press journalists John Antczak, Amanda Lee Myers and Christopher Weber in Los Angeles contributed to this report. Amy Taxin, The Seattle Times, "Neighbors: Plane ‘sounded like a missile’ as it broke apart," 5 Feb. 2019 That number isn’t even accounted for in the report, but considering that communities of color are the most impacted by cannabis prohibition, this is a stat that demands examination. Charlotte Palermino, Marie Claire, "15 Women to Watch in the CBD Industry," 16 Apr. 2019 Precious artwork and relics that have been saved from the fire are being moved to places like the Louvre and Paris City Hall for safety and examination, CNN reports. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Some of Notre Dame's Famous Pieces Are Being Moved to the Louvre," 15 Apr. 2019 Rocket Man Medal for Cultural Diplomacy Itinerant critic Olly Wainwright for looking not just at buildings, but for his colorful examination of the North Korean design gestalt. Mark Lamster, Curbed, "2018 in architecture: The good, the bad, and the urbanism," 27 Dec. 2018 That examination was a top priority of community groups who participated in the review of the inquest proceedings. Steve Miletich, The Seattle Times, "Constantine to unveil sweeping changes in inquests into police use of deadly force," 3 Oct. 2018 The National Transportation Safety Board said an investigator will interview Hudgins as that agency begins its examination into what happened. Zaz Hollander, Anchorage Daily News, "‘Retirement dream job’: Pilot of plane that crashed near Ketchikan is former Navy and commercial aviator," 11 July 2018 Rigorous examination of these apps is what motivates psychologist Dror Ben-Zeev, director of mobile mental-health services at the University of Washington. Amy Ellis Nutt, Washington Post, "To Your Health newsletter," 2 July 2018

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First Known Use of examination

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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examination

noun

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

examination

noun
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

examination

noun
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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examination

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ex·​am·​i·​na·​tion

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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