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 On Thursday, the jury sent a note to Manhattan Supreme Court Judge James Burke, requesting the court read to them the cross-examination and everything after Sciorra's testimony. Chris Francescani, ABC News, "Weinstein jury says they've heard all they needed on day 4 of deliberations," 21 Feb. 2020 Jurors started the day Friday by listening to a reading of Sciorra's cross-examination and follow-up questioning by prosecutors. Michael R. Sisak, Fortune, "Harvey Weinstein jurors indicate deadlock, with judge ordering them to work toward unanimous verdict," 21 Feb. 2020 In Hall’s case in Tennessee, an investigation report shows the state instead performed a body examination and toxicology report - which found caffeine and anti-anxiety medication in his system. Washington Post, "No autopsies performed on Tennessee’s electrocutions," 13 Feb. 2020 Acting as an appellate body, the Waukesha Common Council labored through four hours of presentations by the county and then city's landmarks commission as well as attorney cross examinations and numerous comments from the public. Jim Riccioli, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Waukesha's historic former Moor Mud Baths resort won't face demolition -- for now," 12 Feb. 2020 Jefferson County Chief Deputy Coroner Bill Yates on Monday said further examination and testing is needed to determine the cause and manner of death. Carol Robinson | Crobinson@al.com, al, "Paighton Houston’s autopsy complete; cause and manner of death still not determined," 6 Jan. 2020 Oakland Zoo’s elephants are given daily examinations and treatments by animal keepers, along with bi-weekly thorough exams by in-house veterinarians that include foot soles inspections, blood work, and a vitals check, zoo officials said. Gabrielle Chung, PEOPLE.com, "Oakland Zoo's Oldest Elephant Collapses and Dies at the Age of 50: 'We'll Miss Her Greatly'," 5 Dec. 2019 This very philosophy of memory, of empathy through self-examination and identification, is what Rogers puts into practice in guiding Vogel to confront his past and reconcile with his father. Richard Brody, The New Yorker, "The Wondrous Heroism of Mr. Rogers in “A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood”," 21 Nov. 2019 He was taken to a hospital for an examination and later released. Michael Cabanatuan, SFChronicle.com, "Video: BART worker rescues man from tracks after Oakland Raiders game," 4 Nov. 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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24 Feb 2020

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“Examination.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/examination. Accessed 26 Feb. 2020.

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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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