scrutiny

noun
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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Since the summit in Singapore, there has been increasing scrutiny of the agreement reached by Trump and Kim, with some experts suggesting that North Korea did not really intend to give up its nuclear weapons. Adam Taylor, Washington Post, "North Korean officials no-show for meeting about U.S. troop remains," 12 July 2018 Following the incident, network management at TBS increased scrutiny over Bee's show, a source with knowledge of the situation told THR, with the plan being to prevent another incident that could potentially scare advertisers off. Patrick Shanley, The Hollywood Reporter, "Samantha Bee Earns Emmy Nomination Despite Ivanka Trump C-Word Controversy," 12 July 2018 Since the summit in Singapore, there has been increasing scrutiny of the agreement reached by Trump and Kim, with some experts suggesting that North Korea did not really intend to give up its nuclear weapons. Adam Taylor, chicagotribune.com, "North Korean officials no-show for meeting about U.S. troop remains," 12 July 2018 Since the summit in Singapore, there has been increasing scrutiny of the agreement reached by Trump and Kim, with some experts suggesting that North Korea did not really intend to give up its nuclear weapons, the ultimate goal of the talks. Adam Taylor, latimes.com, "North Korean officials are apparent no-shows for meeting on returning U.S. troops' remains," 12 July 2018 No-poaching clauses have come under increasing scrutiny by Democrats and some policy experts over the past several years as wage growth remains a persistent weakness for an otherwise strong and growing economy. Jeff Stein, BostonGlobe.com, "Mass., 10 other states probing fast-food industry policy that stops workers from changing jobs," 9 July 2018 The updated number comes amid increased scrutiny over the ways the country’s largest public housing agency has dealt—or rather, not dealt—with squalid conditions in its apartments. Anne Branigin, The Root, "New York City Finally Admits that More than 800 Kids Living in Public Housing Tested High for Lead," 2 July 2018 As their business has grown, these private contractors have come under increasing scrutiny for the conditions at their detention centers. Zusha Elinson, WSJ, "Trump’s Immigrant-Detention Plans Benefit Private Prison Operators," 2 July 2018 Opaque System High drug prices in the U.S. have drawn increasing scrutiny, as consumers face climbing out-of-pocket costs and drugmakers announce new treatments with six-figure price tags. Fortune, "Jeff Bezos Just Did President Trump a Big Favor on Drug Pricing," 28 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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scrutiny

noun

English Language Learners Definition of scrutiny

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

scrutiny

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

Kids Definition of scrutiny

: a close inspection

scrutiny

noun
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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