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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Facebook Watch, whose parent company has recently come under scrutiny for being a purveyor of bias and fake news, is leaning heavily toward news and current-affairs TV shows, with eight of its 27 new shows (30 percent) in that category. Rani Molla, Recode, "Netflix and Hulu go in for comedies while Amazon sticks to drama: A look at the original content boom," 28 Sep. 2018 The new proposal would require that franchises get a special condition permit from the appeals board, which would add a layer of neighborhood scrutiny., "New England news in brief," 13 July 2018 Cultural Appropriation of Somali Style The fashion brand most recently released a tie-dye maxi dress, now under scrutiny for its cultural appropriation of the traditional baati style from Somali. Carson Kessler, Fortune, "Melania Trump's Jacket Is Just the Controversial Clothing by Zara. Here's a Timeline of the Rest," 22 June 2018 USA TODAY Sports Mexico's fanbase is under scrutiny for chanting an anti-gay slur, with FIFA opening an investigation Monday following the nation's 1-0 World Cup win over Germany. Scott Gleeson, USA TODAY, "FIFA opens investigation after anti-gay slur chanted by Mexican fans at World Cup," 18 June 2018 This is not a legitimate use of the pardon power, any more than selectively shielding associates from legal scrutiny is a legitimate use of the power to fire executive branch appointees. Matthew Yglesias, Vox, "Trump’s talk of pardoning Manafort is a clear abuse of power," 29 Nov. 2018 Still, for the most part, race, along with everything else about the admissions process is hidden from public scrutiny. Adam Harris, The Atlantic, "The Era of Affirmative Action May Not Last Much Longer," 3 July 2018 Let George of Cambridge bear the burden of heir-apparentness, growing up under the intense scrutiny such a position brings. Elizabeth Holmes, Town & Country, "An Open Letter to Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's New Royal Baby," 7 May 2019 But the claim that all talc products have been asbestos-free since this time has come under scrutiny in the latest Reuters investigation and makes the risk calculus much more complicated. Tara C. Smith, SELF, "How Worried Do You Need to Be About Asbestos in Baby Powder and Other Talc Products?," 31 Jan. 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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