re·​ex·​am·​i·​na·​tion (ˌ)rē-ig-ˌza-mə-ˈnā-shən How to pronounce reexamination (audio)
variants or re-examination
plural reexaminations or re-examinations
: the act or process of examining something again especially from a different viewpoint
… force a critical reexamination of the premises and standards of existing scholarly work.Joan W. Scott
: the act or process of examining a witness in a court of law after the witness has been cross-examined : redirect examination
: the review by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office of the validity of a patent being questioned on the basis of prior art
In another type of proceedings, called reexamination, the challenger can trigger rejection of the patent by producing new evidence of prior art—new evidence that the invention was "not novel or was obvious."Erik Larson

Examples of reexamination in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web This triggered a comprehensive internal reexamination of Cruise’s operations that revealed significant problems with both the organization’s safety culture and its interactions with the public and public agency officials. Steven E. Shladover, Scientific American, 8 Jan. 2024 Is the music interesting enough to warrant a reexamination of the artist? Liza Lentini, SPIN, 30 Nov. 2023 Footage of the network and local TV coverage can be found on YouTube and shows up in new documentaries and reexaminations that are still being turned out for every significant anniversary. Stephen Battaglio, Los Angeles Times, 14 Nov. 2023 In June 2020, Colorado Gov. Jared Polis announced a reexamination of McClain’s death, and appointed state Attorney General Phil Weiser as a special prosecutor. Andi Babineau, CNN, 20 Sep. 2023 The Untold Story of Fame, Influence, and Power on the Internet, because there has never been a reckoning or a reexamination of what these women were put through. Taylor Lorenz, Rolling Stone, 13 Sep. 2023 After an unprecedented reexamination of a decades-old case, Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm decided to void the 1954 revocation of J. Robert Oppenheimer’s security clearance. Matthew Connelly, Foreign Affairs, 12 May 2023 The goal was to pressure Vice President Mike Pence, who was presiding over the joint session, to return the electoral votes to the states for reexamination. Paul Duggan, Washington Post, 7 Sep. 2023 With so much apparently up for reexamination, people began to ask how law professors could continue to teach constitutional law. David Cole, The New York Review of Books, 4 July 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1604, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of reexamination was in 1604

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“Reexamination.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Feb. 2024.

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