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

Example Sentences

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.
Recent Examples on the Web Under international treaty, honorary consuls receive legal protections and privileges that can include immunity from lawsuits and the ability to move consular bags across borders without inspection. Will Fitzgibbon, ProPublica, 24 Jan. 2023 Regular preventative maintenance can include periodic equipment inspection, oil and filter changes, calibration and adjustment of various parts, as well as replacing brake pads and seals. Karl Schneider, The Indianapolis Star, 24 Jan. 2023 Today, it is estimated that more than 1.5 million small packages cross the USA border each and every day – free of duty and tariff and customs inspection - with their value declared to be under $800. Rick Helfenbein, Forbes, 23 Jan. 2023 This video is of a demonstration for the ORCA Robotics Hub showing the ANYbotics ANYmal robot carrying out industrial inspection using autonomy software from Oxford Robotics Institute. IEEE Spectrum, 20 Jan. 2023 The bill also provides exceptions for custodial, maintenance and inspection purposes. Will Langhorne, Arkansas Online, 18 Jan. 2023 The report, which will be released publicly Thursday, offers a rare in-depth look at the inner-workings of this network and highlights its pervasive human rights violations, ranging from aggressive inspection to physical and psychological abuse. Min Joo Kim, Washington Post, 18 Jan. 2023 In addition to regular duties like pre-flight inspection of all cabin, galley and cockpit emergency equipment, and conducting safety and emergency briefings, the candidate also has to help with stocking the plane and with baggage loading. Ananya Bhattacharya, Quartz, 18 Jan. 2023 The section on buying a home, for instance, covers six common mistakes that first-time buyers often make, like spending too much, skipping the home inspection and forgetting to budget for closing costs, insurance and property taxes. Dallas News, 12 Jan. 2023 See More

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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 27 Jan. 2023.

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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