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[in-spek-shuh n]
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  1. the act of inspecting or viewing, especially carefully or critically: an inspection of all luggage on the plane.
  2. formal or official viewing or examination: an inspection of the troops.
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Origin of inspection

1350–1400; Middle English inspeccio(u)n < Latin inspectiōn- (stem of inspectiō). See inspect, -ion
Related formsin·spec·tion·al, adjectivepre·in·spec·tion, nounre·in·spec·tion, nounself-in·spec·tion, noun


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2. See examination.
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  • The nurses' rooms were subject to inspection, and she had pleaded a headache.


    Mary Roberts Rinehart

  • "Thank you," said Linda, closing her fist over it and holding it up for inspection.

    Her Father's Daughter

    Gene Stratton-Porter

  • My shock of surprise was the result of this upward process of inspection.

    The Underdog

    F. Hopkinson Smith

  • I am here just now on a round of inspection, and am staying for a few days in this inn.

    My Double Life

    Sarah Bernhardt

  • Continuing their inspection, they went on, skirting the hillside.

Word Origin and History for inspection


late 14c., from Old French inspeccion "inspection, examination" (13c.), from Latin inspectionem (nominative inspectio) "a looking into," noun of action from past participle stem of inspicere "look into, inspect, examine," from in- "into" (see in- (2)) + specere "to look" (see scope (n.1)).

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