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

Other Words from examination

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 The man hadn’t complained of any of these thyroid symptoms, and the doctor found nothing besides the scalp abnormalities on examination. New York Times, 29 Dec. 2021 On cross-examination, Flesland testified deadly force can be used to save an officer reaching into the vehicle in an attempt to keep a suspect from getting away. Ray Sanchez, CNN, 16 Dec. 2021 On cross-examination, one of Maxwell's defense lawyers asked about the mysterious photo. Rebecca Rosenberg, Fox News, 9 Dec. 2021 On cross-examination, Pagliuca said that Carolyn claimed in her lawsuit that Epstein called her for a massage on one occasion but attributed the call to Maxwell at trial. Mary Biekert, Fortune, 8 Dec. 2021 Later, on cross-examination, Carolyn admitted that she had been arrested once for possession of cocaine and another time for trying to pawn an Xbox that was not hers. NBC News, 6 Dec. 2021 On cross-examination by Smollett attorney Shay Allen on Thursday, Abimbola testified with a straight face throughout, showing little emotion as the defense peppered him with questions. Jason Meisner, chicagotribune.com, 3 Dec. 2021 During the trial, Richards and his team sought two mistrials for actions the prosecution took, one of which centered on the prosecution's cross-examination of Rittenhouse. Christopher Kuhagen, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 19 Nov. 2021 The opposing views of the department’s examination place the issue at the doorstep of Mayor-Elect Justin Bibb, who enters office next month after pushing for Issue 24. John Caniglia, cleveland, 29 Dec. 2021

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First Known Use of examination

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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15 Jan 2022

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“Examination.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/examination. Accessed 20 Jan. 2022.

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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



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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