in·​spec·​tor | \ in-ˈspek-tər How to pronounce inspector (audio) \

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 How to pronounce inspectorship (audio) \ noun

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State inspectors said one patient sustained a skull fracture because the hospital failed to implement safety measures. Stephanie Armour, WSJ, "Psychiatric Hospitals With Safety Violations Still Get Accreditation," 26 Dec. 2018 Fire inspectors said the layout was altered without approval to create the GLHF Game Bar, the room where the tournament took place. Tamara Lush, Fox News, "Esports shooting survivor tells story, files lawsuit," 30 Aug. 2018 Wochit Here are the details on the restaurants Maricopa County inspectors cited for four or more priority violations during the week of June 25. Robert Gundran, azcentral, "Restaurant with no sneeze guard on salsa bar among this week's violations," 11 July 2018 Interstate Highway Construction, which won the $90-million contract to rebuild I-696 in Macomb County, agreed to replace a 2,500-foot stretch after MDOT inspectors said the concrete did not meet specifications, spokesman Jeff Cranson said. Paul Egan, Detroit Free Press, "I-696 crews pour 2,500 feet of fresh concrete, rip it all up," 19 June 2018 The last three years, inspectors have cited the home for insects, including roaches. Sam Roe,, "Inside Chicago's worst nursing home: bug bites, bruises and death," 13 June 2018 West Hollywood’s action comes two years after building inspectors in Los Angeles said 13,500 buildings in that city needed earthquake-readiness retrofits. Chris Morris, Fortune, "Study: Over 800 West Hollywood Buildings Could Be Damaged in an L.A. Earthquake," 3 May 2018 Government inspectors said they're concerned that some of the beef might be stored in people's freezers. Joe Marusak, charlotteobserver, "Ground beef sold in Kroger stores recalled after blue, hard bits of plastic found | Charlotte Observer," 2 May 2018 The inspector role sounds similar to the secretive testers at the Michelin guide, and indeed the job is both enviable and rigorous. Kaitlin Menza, Town & Country, "Inside the Secret Application Process to Become a Relais & Châteaux Hotel," 31 Jan. 2019

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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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