scru·​ti·​ny | \ ˈskrü-tə-nē How to pronounce scrutiny (audio) , ˈskrüt-nē\
plural scrutinies

Definition of scrutiny

1 : a searching study, inquiry, or inspection : examination
2 : a searching look
3 : close watch : surveillance

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Examples of scrutiny in a Sentence

the close scrutiny of data I'd never faced that kind of scrutiny before. Because of their past crimes, everything they do now will be subject to scrutiny. Her opinion is based on a careful scrutiny of the text.
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After the company filed publicly for the offering in August, its valuation shrank amid investor scrutiny. Fortune, "WeWork Cuts Power of Founder Adam Neumann to Get Its IPO Back on Track," 13 Sep. 2019 This emphasis on parliamentary scrutiny is not misplaced. A.a., The Economist, "How European Commissioners are appointed," 13 Sep. 2019 In other words, because the FDA doesn’t regulate cannabis products, THC cartridges used in vaping get less federal scrutiny than Advil or the coloring in cosmetics. Trevor Hughes, USA TODAY, "Pick up a joint instead, doc says: Vaping illnesses highlight flawed marijuana regulations," 13 Sep. 2019 After the company filed publicly for the offering in August, its valuation shrank amid investor scrutiny. oregonlive, "WeWork will try to IPO with revamped governance," 13 Sep. 2019 The controversy attracted fresh scrutiny to the plight of international students in Trump’s America, as new policies and directives over the past few years have left many student immigrants confused about what the changes mean for them. Zach Schermele, Teen Vogue, "The Trump Administration Is Making Life Hell for International Students," 13 Sep. 2019 Secret settlements Kantor and Twohey do not spare plaintiffs’ lawyers from scrutiny either. Elizabeth C. Tippett, The Conversation, "Weinstein may be a monster, but the lawyers who enabled him are the real villains in #MeToo takedown ‘She Said’," 12 Sep. 2019 VALERIE MACONGetty Images Remember in 2014, when Renée Zellweger faced a barrage of vicious scrutiny concerning her appearance after being photographed at the Elle Women in Hollywood Awards? Emily Dixon, Marie Claire, "Renée Zellweger Opened Up About "Painful" Criticism Of Her Appearance," 11 Sep. 2019 Field conditions at Welcome Stadium were under scrutiny following Green’s injury. Tyler Dragon,, "Cincinnati Bengals WR A.J. Green in 'no pain' after removing walking boot," 11 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of scrutiny

1604, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for scrutiny

Latin scrutinium, from scrutari to search, examine, probably from scruta trash

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English Language Learners Definition of scrutiny

formal : the act of carefully examining something especially in a critical way : the act of scrutinizing something


scru·​ti·​ny | \ ˈskrü-tə-nē How to pronounce scrutiny (audio) , ˈskrüt-nē\

Kids Definition of scrutiny

: a close inspection


scru·​ti·​ny | \ ˈskrüt-ᵊn-ē How to pronounce scrutiny (audio) \
plural scrutinies

Legal Definition of scrutiny

: searching study or inquiry specifically : judicial investigation of the constitutionality of a statutory classification of persons under the equal protection clause of the U.S. Constitution — see also intermediate sense 2, strict scrutiny — compare rational basis test

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