in·​spec·​tor·​ate | \ in-ˈspek-t(ə-)rət How to pronounce inspectorate (audio) \

Definition of inspectorate

1 : the office, position, work, or district of an inspector
2 : a body of inspectors

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The inspectorate has called for drug-treatment policy to be the same across the prison estate. The Economist, "Welsh prisons are much harsher than England’s on opioid treatment," 12 July 2018

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First Known Use of inspectorate

1762, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of inspectorate was in 1762

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