in·​spec·​tion | \ in-ˈspek-shən How to pronounce inspection (audio) \

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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Recent Examples on the Web The terms of the counter offer were in an attachment to the email that was not made available for public inspection. Jeff Mcdonald, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Newly released emails show Faulconer, top aides overruled city real estate director on Ash Street property," 19 Oct. 2020 If there’s a discrepancy, the ballot is sent to a manager for a second inspection. Washington Post, "How does D.C. verify a signature on a ballot? Here’s how it works.," 14 Oct. 2020 There is a public position of complete inaction restraining and punishing these attitudes, including decreasing funds for inspection. Carolina Torres, Fox News, "Brazil’s Amazon forest, precious wetlands burn at historic levels," 30 Sep. 2020 Survivors with minimal damage who can live in their homes will not automatically be scheduled for a home inspection when applying to FEMA. Mike Cason |, al, "FEMA opening registration centers for Hurricane Sally assistance," 26 Sep. 2020 The condo is now under contract and potential new owners are scheduled for an inspection. Georgia Slater,, "This Condo Completely Covered with Beer Cans Took 16 Years to Build — Now It's on the Market," 18 Sep. 2020 Food items must be placed in clear plastic bags for inspection. Cailey Rizzo, Travel + Leisure, "TSA Agents May Be Standing Behind Acrylic Barriers the Next Time You’re at the Airport," 1 Sep. 2020 Boeing declined to identify the airlines involved, but United Airlines, Air Canada and Singapore Airlines confirmed that each has one plane grounded for inspection., "Boeing grounds some 787 jets after discovering defect," 28 Aug. 2020 After a commercial truck operated by a Canadian citizen presented a manifest for steel wire destined to a distribution center in Chicago, CBP officers referred the shipment for additional inspection. Anthony Fenech, Detroit Free Press, "More than 1,000 pounds of marijuana seized at Detroit-Canada border," 25 Aug. 2020

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First Known Use of inspection

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

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

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29 Oct 2020

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“Inspection.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Oct. 2020.

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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 How to pronounce inspection (audio) \

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 How to pronounce inspect (audio) \ 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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