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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The events have placed Boeing's relationship with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) under harsh scrutiny. Sam Blum, Popular Mechanics, "Report: Ethiopian Airlines Pilots Followed Boeing's Safety Procedures But Couldn't Prevent Crash," 3 Apr. 2019 Our kids, Trent, and myself have dealt with scrutiny, name calling, and discrimination our whole lives. Amanda Garrity, Good Housekeeping, "Are Amber and Trent From '7 Little Johnstons' Getting Divorced? The Truth Behind Those Rumors," 2 Apr. 2019 Marcia suffered severe media scrutiny throughout the months, on everything from her custody battle to her haircut. Megan Stein, Country Living, "Where Is Marcia Clark Now? All About the O.J. Simpson Prosecutor and Her Show 'The Fix'," 19 Mar. 2019 The diet relies on science that doesn’t stand up to scrutiny. Abby Langer, SELF, "Most Diets Don't Work, But If a Diet Promises These 4 Things, Run Away," 5 Jan. 2019 This particular thread is yet another reminder of how women in the workplace and in public life are often subjected to sexist scrutiny of their attire, in a way that men are not. Alyssa Hardy, Teen Vogue, "Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Had the Perfect Response to a Reporter Shaming Her for Wearing a Suit," 16 Nov. 2018 Google opted not to disclose the software bug sooner over concerns that doing so would draw regulatory scrutiny and damage the company’s reputation. Recode Staff, Recode, "Recode Daily: Why Google is shutting down Google+, Facebook’s tone-deaf camera device," 9 Oct. 2018 Monica Lewinsky is no stranger to media scrutiny, having endured a national scandal involving President Bill Clinton more than 20 years ago. Julyssa Lopez, Glamour, "Monica Lewinsky Walked Out of an Interview After Being Asked About Bill Clinton," 4 Sep. 2018 Diverging so far in terms of products may help the transaction avoid the same level of regulatory scrutiny that undid Tan’s attempted Qualcomm purchase. Bloomberg,, "Broadcom agrees to buy CA Technologies for $18.9 billion," 12 July 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

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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