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

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 Finally, there'll be closer scrutiny of the microtargeting of specific audiences. Emma Woollacott, Forbes, 23 May 2022 Wall Street’s regulator is stepping up its scrutiny of claims by ESG funds as investors pour cash into the category. Amrith Ramkumar, WSJ, 23 May 2022 There has been little scrutiny of Mr. Delgado’s Latino heritage. New York Times, 21 May 2022 Both men are vying for the top job at a moment when scrutiny of Australia's macho political environment has never been stronger. Susan Harris Rimmer, CNN, 19 May 2022 The greater scrutiny of Twitch, Discord and others raises ethical questions over Musk’s bid for Twitter. Christiaan Hetzner, Fortune, 19 May 2022 The third was his 15 years as a human rights activist in his native Kazakhstan, where opposition politics brought Mr. Gudauskas under the scrutiny of security services. Scott Peterson, The Christian Science Monitor, 19 May 2022 Amid scrutiny of her licensure, Peters has surrendered her license and quit her appraisal work. Stephen Groves, ajc, 18 May 2022 As with scrutiny of Facebook in the United States, Beijing has also been reviewing the role that Internet companies play in public life. Pei Lin Wu, Washington Post, 16 May 2022 See More

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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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The first known use of scrutiny was in 1604

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26 May 2022

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“Scrutiny.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 May. 2022.

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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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