in·​spec·​tor | \in-ˈspek-tər \

Definition of inspector 

1 : a person employed to inspect something

2a : a police officer who is in charge of usually several precincts and ranks below a superintendent or deputy superintendent

b : a person appointed to oversee a polling place

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inspectorship \in-​ˈspek-​tər-​ˌship \ noun

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An inspector discovered dozens of living and dead cockroaches as well as two dead mice, weevils in a container of masa and more than 150 rodent droppings Friday, forcing the business to close temporarily. Benjy Egel, sacbee, "Oak Park Brewing Co. reopens after pest infestation | The Sacramento Bee," 22 May 2018 Approximately 3,000 cases of Budget $aver Cherry Pineapple Monster Pops and Sugar-Free Twin Pops were recalled as a precaution after an inspector uncovered Listeria during a routine inspection of the company's Denver plant, according to the agency. Enquirer Staff,, "FDA: Ice pops sold in Ohio recalled for possible Listeria contamination," 25 Apr. 2018 In 2014, two violations were observed by inspectors but were corrected by the restaurant. Adam Edelman /, NBC News, "Trump attacks 'filthy' Red Hen, the Virginia restaurant that asked Sarah Sanders to leave," 25 June 2018 Wochit Get details on restaurants cited by Maricopa County inspectors for four or more priority violations the week of May 28. Lorraine Longhi, azcentral, "2 Tempe restaurants top this week's inspection report for violations," 20 June 2018 Read more: In July 2017, the funeral home was shut by state inspectors for a litany of unsanitary conditions, including: Maggots on the floor of the facility's garage and garage door. Detroit Free Press Staff, Detroit Free Press, "Owner of Michigan funeral home with rotting bodies faces felony counts," 11 June 2018 Work on the ground would likely be done by inspectors from the International Atomic Energy Agency. Jenna Mclaughlin, CNN, "Getting the deal is only half the Battle: US fears fact-checking Kim Jong Un post summit," 10 June 2018 The entire upstairs had been deemed unsafe by government inspectors. Christina Tkacik,, "Ellicott City begins the great 'muck out' — again," 3 June 2018 As common as ADUs are becoming, however, Gallagher was told by city inspectors that his new place was the first dome home approved in about 20 years. Janet Eastman,, "Granny flat is a geodesic dome: Small, second home rises in SW Portland backyard (photos, video)," 17 May 2018

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First Known Use of inspector

1602, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of inspector

: a person whose job is to inspect something

: a police officer who is in charge of several police departments



Legal Definition of inspector 

1 : a person employed or authorized to inspect something

2 : a police officer in charge of a number of precincts and ranking below a superintendent or deputy superintendent

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