in·​spec·​tion in-ˈspek-shən How to pronounce inspection (audio)
: the act of inspecting
: recognition of a familiar pattern leading to immediate solution of a mathematical problem
solve an equation by inspection
: a checking or testing of an individual against established standards

Examples of inspection in a Sentence

Close inspection of the candles revealed some small defects. Regular inspections are required of all restaurants in the area. The barracks are ready for inspection.
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Word History

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Time Traveler
The first known use of inspection was in the 14th century

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Cite this Entry

“Inspection.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Jun. 2024.

Kids Definition


in·​spec·​tion in-ˈspek-shən How to pronounce inspection (audio)
: the act or an instance of inspecting

Medical Definition


in·​spec·​tion in-ˈspek-shən How to pronounce inspection (audio)
: visual observation of the body in the course of a medical examination compare palpation sense 2
inspect verb

Legal Definition


: a careful and critical examination: as
: a buyer's examination of goods prior to payment or acceptance especially in accordance with section 2-513 of the Uniform Commercial Code
: an examination of articles of commerce to determine their fitness for transportation or sale
: an investigation of an applicant for insurance
: an examination or survey of a community, of premises, of a facility, or of a vehicle by an authorized person (as to determine compliance with regulations or susceptibility to fire or other hazards)
specifically : administrative search at search
: examination of documents, things, or property for purposes of making discovery for trial

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