scrutiny

noun
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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Recent Examples on the Web Chinese companies are under increasing scrutiny from US politicians as well as regulators. John Detrixhe, Quartz, "It’s too late for the US to get rid of Chinese stocks," 21 May 2020 Because technology is driving geopolitics, Prakash added, the United States will be eyeing Chinese technology firms with increasing scrutiny. Sherisse Pham, CNN, "TikTok needs to win over Washington. Hiring a CEO from Disney won't be enough," 21 May 2020 Biden, 77, would be the oldest person elected to the presidency, increasing the scrutiny of his potential vice president. Sean Sullivan, BostonGlobe.com, "As Biden veep search ramps up, Harris and Klobuchar get a close look," 13 May 2020 Nursing homes, long-term care facilities, prisons and meatpacking plants are all facing increasing scrutiny heading into the weekend as sobering reports of outbreaks at each made news late in the week. Joel Shannon, USA TODAY, "Coronavirus live updates: Thousands of deaths tied to nursing homes; testing holds back California from reopening," 2 May 2020 The Japanese government faced increased scrutiny from the international community, particularly with the Olympic Games due to start in Tokyo in the summer. Fox News, "Japanese students protest schools reopening, despite sharp increase in coronavirus cases," 12 Apr. 2020 Despite labor strikes and increased scrutiny over the alleged mistreatment of employees at fulfillment centers, Amazon has still been experiencing a surge in orders as people rely on online shopping while staying home. Karina Hoshikawa, refinery29.com, "All The Best Places You Can Buy Hair Ties Right Now," 9 Apr. 2020 But along with the overnight popularity came increased scrutiny. Patrick Lucas Austin, Time, "'We Learned a Lesson.' Zoom's CEO Wants You to Trust the Company Again," 8 Apr. 2020 The influx of consumer attention catalyzed increased scrutiny from privacy-literate users and security experts. Stan Horaczek, Popular Science, "Check these privacy and security settings before your next Zoom video chat," 2 Apr. 2020

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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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27 May 2020

Cite this Entry

“Scrutiny.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/scrutiny. Accessed 5 Jun. 2020.

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scrutiny

noun
How to pronounce scrutiny (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of scrutiny

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

scrutiny

noun
scru·​ti·​ny | \ ˈskrü-tə-nē How to pronounce scrutiny (audio) , ˈskrüt-nē \

Kids Definition of scrutiny

: a close inspection

scrutiny

noun
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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