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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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 But Horowitz said his examination did not find evidence that political bias affected the investigators' actions. Kevin Johnson, USA TODAY, "DOJ watchdog set to release report critical of FBI surveillance of Trump's campaign," 22 Nov. 2019 The passage rates of our practical nursing students on their national licensure examination are a serious concern. Letter Writers, Twin Cities, "Letters: St. Paul College addressing problems, holds firm to standards of excellence," 18 Nov. 2019 The forensic pathologist widely known for his high profile examinations in cases including Jeffrey Epstein, O.J. Simpson, John F. Kennedy, and Martin Luther King tells Fox News Rodney Reed is innocent. Fox News, "Texas appeals court blocks Rodney Reed execution, says case should return to trial court," 15 Nov. 2019 Rich and Dan discuss their 10-chapter examination of why the Bears drafted Mitch Trubisky over Patrick Mahomes and Deshaun Watson. Dan Wiederer, chicagotribune.com, "A special Bear Download podcast: An inside look at why the Bears drafted Mitch Trubisky in 2017," 14 Nov. 2019 Call for an appointment to have your free health examination and feed the homeless at the same time. courant.com, "Community News For The Windsor Edition," 13 Nov. 2019 In his cross examination of Means, Frazee’s defense attorney Adam Stiegerwald asked whether Means or any other investigators recovered metal clasps from the burn area. Elise Schmelzer, The Denver Post, "Kelsey Berreth murder case: Patrick Frazee told customer that Berreth was “never coming back,” according to testimony," 12 Nov. 2019 Physicians recalled conversations in which Turner insisted Olivia suffered from conditions their examinations didn't support, the indictment says. Eliott C. Mclaughlin, CNN, "Colorado mom charged with murder and profiting off fabricated illnesses in Make-A-Wish daughter's death," 23 Oct. 2019 Previous SlideNext Slide Stick around all the way to the end of the video, too, to see our quick examination of how Ring Fit Adventure compares to a real Pilates ring (which does not interact with your Nintendo Switch in any way). Kyle Orland, Ars Technica, "Video: Working up a sweat with Ring Fit Adventure," 3 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of examination

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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

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1 Dec 2019

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“Examination.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/examination?pronunciation&lang=en_us&dir=e&file=examin02. Accessed 14 December 2019.

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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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