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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Via video-conferencing, Malinowski answered questions from prosecutors and was subject to cross-examination by Slager’s attorney, all of whom had gathered in a courtroom for the deposition. Adam Carlson, PEOPLE.com, "Mom-of-2 Describes Horror of Boyfriend Lighting Her on Fire as He Pleads to Her Murder: 'Pure Evil'," 11 July 2018 When Judge Beeler cut him short on a lengthy cross-examination of a government witness, Pennington claimed that his right to due process was being violated and declined to participate further in his trial. Sam Whiting, San Francisco Chronicle, "Rogue yachtsman in trouble again for alleged threats at Aquatic Park," 9 May 2018 Last month, the Los Angeles Times reported that Tyndall had a history of allegedly inappropriately touching female students during gynecological examinations, making lewd comments about their bodies, and taking pictures of their genitals. Madeleine Aggeler, The Cut, "USC Accused of ‘Deliberately’ Concealing Gynecologist’s Sexual Abuse," 6 June 2018 The doctor at the medical unit rejected the request, insisting that the staffer first receive an examination. Mj Lee And Juana Summers, CNN, "Several White House medical unit staffers describe pressure to hand out meds," 27 Apr. 2018 The vulnerability was discovered (at least publicly) by a security engineer who tweeted discoveries during an examination of the RSA conference mobile app, which was developed by Eventbase Technology. Sean Gallagher, Ars Technica, "When you go to a security conference, and its mobile app leaks your data," 20 Apr. 2018 The victim testified during Davis' preliminary examination that he was shot at least six times. Fox News, "11-year-old's cellphone video is evidence in shooting case," 4 Apr. 2018 During cross examination, defense attorney Thomas DiCianni cited a forensics handbook on police shootings that said shell casings were unreliable evidence in such cases. Matt Mccall, Lake County News-Sun, "Zion cop testifies that he saw a gun in Justus Howell's hand before fatal 2015 shooting," 10 Mar. 2018 During that examination, because no permits had been issued, archaeologists were not allowed to disturb the wreck in any way. Ben Raines, AL.com, "Wreck found in Delta not the Clotilda, the last American slave ship," 5 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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