scrutiny

noun

scru·​ti·​ny ˈskrü-tə-nē How to pronounce scrutiny (audio)
ˈskrüt-nē
plural scrutinies
1
: a searching study, inquiry, or inspection : examination
2
: a searching look
3
: close watch : surveillance

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.
Recent Examples on the Web The Fremont plant faced scrutiny again last year, when the state’s workplace regulator sued Tesla over similar claims of racial discrimination and harassment. Anumita Kaur, Washington Post, 29 Sep. 2023 France’s competition authority raided Nvidia’s local offices this week on suspicion the company engaged in anticompetitive practices, the first significant regulatory scrutiny the company has faced since its rise to be the paramount supplier of artificial intelligence chips. Sam Schechner, WSJ, 28 Sep. 2023 Frauds, hacks, and epic billion-dollar collapses have rocked the sector, and celebrities who joined during the boom times have faced public scrutiny—in the case of Kim Kardashian and Paul Pierce, also lawsuits from the Securities and Exchange Commission. Byleo Schwartz, Fortune Crypto, 27 Sep. 2023 Sheriff Bailey and his department have been under national scrutiny and a federal civil rights investigation since five deputies and a local police officer pleaded guilty this year to torturing two Black men and shooting one of them in the mouth. Jerry Mitchell, New York Times, 27 Sep. 2023 This is not the first time Menendez has faced the scrutiny of the federal justice system, but the 2015 charges resulted in a hung jury in 2017. Grace Segers, The New Republic, 26 Sep. 2023 The firm has recently come under greater scrutiny from US lawmakers. Michelle Toh, CNN, 22 Sep. 2023 Any deal would have to be approved by the FCC and face other regulatory scrutiny. Stephen Battaglio, Los Angeles Times, 21 Sep. 2023 Beijing’s repressive policies toward ethnic Uighurs in the western region of Xinjiang and its policies toward dissent, including in the special administrative region of Hong Kong, come under frequent Western scrutiny. Ted Anthony, Fortune, 21 Sep. 2023 See More

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Word History

Etymology

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

First Known Use

1604, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of scrutiny was in 1604

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Cite this Entry

“Scrutiny.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/scrutiny. Accessed 1 Oct. 2023.

Kids Definition

scrutiny

noun
scru·​ti·​ny ˈskrüt-ᵊn-ē How to pronounce scrutiny (audio)
ˈskrüt-nē
plural scrutinies
: a close inspection : examination

Legal Definition

scrutiny

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