- to inspect or scrutinize carefully: to examine a prospective purchase.
- to observe, test, or investigate (a person's body or any part of it), especially in order to evaluate general health or determine the cause of illness.
- to inquire into or investigate: to examine one's motives.
- to test the knowledge, reactions, or qualifications of (a pupil, candidate, etc.), as by questions or assigning tasks.
- to subject to legal inquisition; put to question in regard to conduct or to knowledge of facts; interrogate: to examine a witness; to examine a suspect.
Origin of examine
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Examples from the Web for examinable
In some countries, however, a foreign judgment is examinable on its merits before being enforced.
It was held that the transaction was not examinable except for fraud and that A was therefore estopped.Our Legal Heritage, 5th Ed.
S. A. Reilly
In the parish of West Calder, 300 out of 900 examinable persons wasted away.A History of Epidemics in Britain, Volume II (of 2)
In 1699 he became minister of the small parish of Simprin, where there were in all “not more than 90 examinable persons.”
- to look at, inspect, or scrutinize carefully or in detail; investigate
- education to test the knowledge or skill of (a candidate) in (a subject or activity) by written or oral questions or by practical tests
- law to interrogate (a witness or accused person) formally on oath
- med to investigate the state of health of (a patient)
Word Origin and History for examinable
c.1300, from Old French examiner "interrogate, question, torture," from Latin examinare "to test or try; weigh, consider, ponder," from examen "a means of weighing or testing," probably ultimately from exigere "weigh accurately" (see exact). Related: Examined; examining.
- To study or analyze an organic material.
- To test or check the condition or health of.
- To determine the qualifications, aptitude, or skills of by means of questions or exercises.