noun in·spec·tion \ in-ˈspek-shən \
|Updated on: 11 Aug 2018

Definition of inspection

1 a : 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

Examples of inspection in a Sentence

  1. Close inspection of the candles revealed some small defects.

  2. Regular inspections are required of all restaurants in the area.

  3. The barracks are ready for inspection.

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First Known Use of inspection

14th century

in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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INSPECTION Defined for English Language Learners


Definition of inspection for English Language Learners

  • : 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

INSPECTION Defined for Kids


noun in·spec·tion \ in-ˈspek-shən \

Definition of inspection for Students

: the act of examining closely or officially

Medical Dictionary


noun in·spec·tion \ in-ˈspek-shən \

medical Definition of inspection

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


play \in-ˈspekt\ verb

Law Dictionary


noun in·spec·tion

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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