reexamination

noun re·ex·am·i·na·tion \ (ˌ)rē-ig-ˌza-mə-ˈnā-shən \
variants: or re-examination
|Updated on: 12 Jun 2018

Definition of reexamination

plural reexaminations or re-examinations
1 : 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
2 law
a : the act or process of examining a witness in a court of law after the witness has been cross-examined : redirect examination
b : 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

First Known Use of reexamination

1604

in the meaning defined at sense 1

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