in·​spec·​tion | \ in-ˈspek-shən \

Definition of inspection 

1a : the act of inspecting
b : recognition of a familiar pattern leading to immediate solution of a mathematical problem solve an equation by inspection
2 : a checking or testing of an individual against established standards

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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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Like any machine, chimneys require regular inspection and upkeep. Kevin Dupzyk, Popular Mechanics, "So You Want To Fix Your Chimney," 21 Dec. 2018 Of those high-hazard dams, 185 had conditions of poor or unsatisfactory during recent inspections, the data show. Sarah Rankin, The Seattle Times, "Floodwaters of Florence put North Carolina dams under stress," 17 Sep. 2018 Health department spokeswoman Kelly Stowe said the agency is working with the governor's office on funding options after the recent inspection cost the hospital federal dollars. CBS News, "Report: Washington state psych hospital is "like going into hell"," 6 July 2018 Duffy also disputed the risk Line 5 poses to the Straits of Mackinac, saying recent inspections show the line is in very good condition, with more safety enhancements in the works. Paul Egan, Detroit Free Press, "Line 5 pipeline study: Canada gets the oil, Michigan gets the risk," 30 May 2018 Additionally, the Water Quality and Health Council recommended always checking the health inspection report of your local pool, which is something more than 63% of American adults admitted to not doing. Lauren Rearick, Teen Vogue, "The CDC Warns of Possible Dangerous Bacteria in Pool Water," 18 May 2018 In June, lab staff had to amputate the toe of a 10-year-old Rhesus macaque monkey after staff left its cage too close to another monkey’s, according to a USDA inspection report. Nanette Asimov, San Francisco Chronicle, "UC Berkeley researchers’ errors resulted in deaths of 22 lab animals," 16 May 2018 The historic Charleston property Leslie Turner sold after an inspection report scared off one couple. Katherine Clarke, WSJ, "Who Killed the Deal to Sell Your House? It Was an Inside Job," 15 May 2018 After Sandy, homeowners cited widespread examples of insurers and their contractors altering damaging inspection reports to reduce or eliminate the amount that would be paid to policyholders. Drew Broach,, "After FEMA chides trial lawyers, this Metairie attorney pushes back," 3 May 2018

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First Known Use of inspection

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

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English Language Learners Definition of inspection

: the act of looking at something closely in order to learn more about it, to find problems, etc. : the act of inspecting something

: an official visit to a school, hospital, etc., in order to see if rules are being followed and things are in their proper condition


in·​spec·​tion | \ in-ˈspek-shən \

Kids Definition of inspection

: the act of examining closely or officially


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Medical Definition of inspection 

: visual observation of the body in the course of a medical examination — compare palpation sense 2

Other Words from inspection

inspect \ in-​ˈspekt \ verb

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Legal Definition of inspection 

: a careful and critical examination: as
a : a buyer's examination of goods prior to payment or acceptance especially in accordance with section 2-513 of the Uniform Commercial Code
b : an examination of articles of commerce to determine their fitness for transportation or sale
c : an investigation of an applicant for insurance
d : 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
e : examination of documents, things, or property for purposes of making discovery for trial

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