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

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.
Recent Examples on the Web The inspection found safety lapses and prompted the FTA to take over direct oversight of WMATA for nearly three and a half years. Globe Staff,, 11 May 2022 Staff regularly conduct exhibit-integrity inspections, and found nothing of concern during the last inspection at 2:30 p.m. on May 1, per the statement. Margaret Osborne, Smithsonian Magazine, 3 May 2022 The last inspection of the outdoor yards around the bird house was done around 2:30 p.m. Sunday. Washington Post, 3 May 2022 Winters was aided in the inspection by his canine colleague Bailey, who is trained to sniff out shark fin, sea turtle shells, red snapper, dove and oysters. Zoe Sottile, CNN, 23 Apr. 2022 Lea, who is an attorney, represented herself, making sure all the contingencies such as the inspection and financing were part of the agreement. Swapna Venugopal Ramaswamy, USA TODAY, 21 Apr. 2022 Meagan Seacor, a spokeswoman for the aquarium, said the issues brought up in the inspection are being addressed. Hartford Courant, 8 Apr. 2022 Previously, regulators only visited a program once a year, and the inspection was pre-scheduled. Jessica Miller, The Salt Lake Tribune, 5 Apr. 2022 The failed inspection is the latest in a series of blunders by the Probation Department, which oversees the county’s juvenile halls. James Queally, Los Angeles Times, 1 Apr. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of inspection

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

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15 May 2022

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“Inspection.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 May. 2022.

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

Kids Definition of inspection

: the act of examining closely or officially


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

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 inspection (audio) \ verb



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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