scrutiny

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

Definition of scrutiny

plural scrutinies
1 :a searching study, inquiry, or inspection :examination
2 :a searching look
3 :close watch :surveillance

Examples of scrutiny in a Sentence

  1. the close scrutiny of data

  2. I'd never faced that kind of scrutiny before.

  3. Because of their past crimes, everything they do now will be subject to scrutiny.

  4. Her opinion is based on a careful scrutiny of the text.

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Origin and Etymology of scrutiny

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



SCRUTINY Defined for English Language Learners

scrutiny

noun

Definition of scrutiny for English Language Learners

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


SCRUTINY Defined for Kids

scrutiny

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

Definition of scrutiny for Students

:a close inspection

Law Dictionary

scrutiny

noun scru·ti·ny \ ˈskrüt-ᵊn-ē \

legal Definition of scrutiny

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 2, strict scrutiny — compare rational basis test


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