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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The gesture, intentional or not, connected the two women who have been through the harrowing experience of having to relive their trauma under such intense scrutiny. Mekita Rivas, Teen Vogue, "Some People Think Christine Blasey Ford's Suit at Brett Kavanaugh's Confirmation Hearings Is a Tribute to Anita Hill," 28 Sep. 2018 The next boss will nonetheless come under close scrutiny. The Economist, "Despite falling foul of the #MeToo movement, Lululemon is soaring," 12 July 2018 At least that's according to the country's voters' roll, which has come under sharp scrutiny ahead of the July 30 election, the first in decades without longtime leader Robert Mugabe. Farai Mutsaka, Fox News, "The case of the 141-year-old voter: Zimbabwe ballot at risk," 11 July 2018 Although 2017 was a relatively calm and scandal-light year for banks that have been under heavy scrutiny since the financial crisis, public sentiment has not grown more positive. Polina Marinova, Fortune, "Wells Fargo, Bank of America, and 8 Other Companies We Love to Hate," 10 July 2018 Your sister-in-law is planning and executing a massive event under communal scrutiny while at the same time preparing for a major life change. Blair Braverman, Outside Online, "How to Plan an Outdoor Wedding (and Not Hate Everyone)," 5 July 2018 Amazon's business ties with the Postal Service have come under considerable scrutiny in recent months. Julie Creswell, Anchorage Daily News, "Amazon plans startup delivery services for its own packages," 28 June 2018 These products are not subject to the same restrictions as cigarettes, so adding flavors to them has not come under the same scrutiny. Brian Jenssen Md,, "The problem with kids and flavored tobacco," 21 June 2018 Ayton’s defense has come under even greater scrutiny. Scott Bordow, azcentral, "'Joyful' Deandre Ayton offers personality, 'monster' skills for Suns at No. 1," 17 June 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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