scru·​ti·​ny | \ ˈskrü-tə-nē, 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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To read this news in a positive light, more controversy means scrutiny, and — in the long run — more solutions. James Vincent, The Verge, "The Verge 2018 tech report card: AI," 30 Dec. 2018 And amid the growing scrutiny, CBP has also shifted its policy of holding families until Immigration and Customs Enforcement takes over custody, as Vox’s Dara Lind reports. Amanda Sakuma, Vox, "Trump is using the deaths of two migrant children to push for his border wall," 29 Dec. 2018 Shutterstock The plan, which is expected to pass City Council scrutiny early next month, is the furthest-reaching such proposal from a U.S. municipality, and comes after nearly a year of heated debate. Patrick Sisson, Curbed, "Here’s what a plan to tackle climate change, density, and affordability looks like," 27 Nov. 2018 Tens of thousands of people are experiencing similar anguished waits as the number of refugees entering the U.S. falls to historic lows because of tighter scrutiny that administration officials say is necessary for security. Fox News, "Trump refugee policy leaves thousands stranded outside US," 7 Oct. 2018 In the United States, this scrutiny deepened early last year when HNA announced plans to buy the hedge fund firm owned by Anthony Scaramucci, who was the communications director for the White House at the time. Alexandra Stevenson, New York Times, "HNA Will Transfer Co-Chairman’s Stake as Ownership Doubts Linger," 13 July 2018 But the revolving door of kickers and Gould’s continued success have intensified the scrutiny on Pace’s decision. Dan Wiederer,, "Will Pat O'Donnell respond to competition in fight to stick with Bears?," 13 July 2018 Corrections & Amplifications Remarks about future policy from Fed Chairman Jerome Powell will be under scrutiny for clues about the path of rates next year. Corrie Driebusch, WSJ, "U.S. Stocks Close Higher as Oil Prices Slide," 18 Dec. 2018 But the mere fact that the Senate is openly debating US military support for the war in Yemen is a sign that the administration’s stance is coming under scrutiny, and that the devastating conflict in Yemen is capturing the attention of lawmakers. Jen Kirby, Vox, "Senate debates resolution to end US support for war in Yemen," 13 Dec. 2018

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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

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


scru·​ti·​ny | \ ˈskrü-tə-nē, ˈskrüt-nē\

Kids Definition of scrutiny

: a close inspection


scru·​ti·​ny | \ ˈskrüt-ᵊn-ē \
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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