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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Other pictures showed people in extremely crowded holding rooms raising up signs in windows, apparently attempting to attract the attention of government inspectors. Masha Gessen, The New Yorker, "Donald Trump’s “Inoffensive” War on Reality," 5 July 2019 During their visits, the inspectors found many detainees -- including children -- lacked access to showers and lived in unsanitary conditions. Fox News, "Cory Booker crosses into Mexico to escort asylum seekers to US," 4 July 2019 During visits to border facilities and two ports of entry, inspectors found severe overcrowding — including standing room only in some facilities — no access to showers and prolonged detention, the report said. Tatiana Sanchez,, "Reports of disturbing detention conditions on border spark protests in SF," 2 July 2019 The former officials at KPMG revised work papers in 2016 to lower the chance that inspectors would find deficiencies in their audits of banking clients, according to the settlement order. Dave Michaels, WSJ, "KPMG Agrees to Pay $50 Million Penalty Related to Misconduct Allegations," 17 June 2019 Here are the top ten violations inspectors found between 2017-18 in Florida restaurant kitchens. David J. Neal, miamiherald, "Two-hundred rodent poops. Roaches in a microwave. Why these restaurants failed inspection," 4 June 2019 Winter Garden Pizza Company, inside the popular Winter Garden Plant Street Market that opened a few years ago, was closed May 22 after inspectors found a live rodent. Caroline Glenn,, "Roaches, rodents close Central Florida restaurants, including Lion’s Pride and Relax Grill on Lake Eola," 4 June 2019 At nearly two dozen properties, inspectors found 20-plus violations each; four had more than 40 violations. Kevin Crowe, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "'He'll evict you in a minute.' Landlord quietly becomes a force in Milwaukee rental business...and eviction court," 13 July 2018 During followup surprise visits, inspectors found those issues were fixed. Linda Trischitta,, "Caretaker accused of using duct tape to tie up 67-year-old woman," 13 July 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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