[ in-spek-ter ]
/ ɪnˈspɛk tər /


a person who inspects.
an officer appointed to inspect.
a police officer usually ranking next below a superintendent.

Origin of inspector

1595–1605; < Latin, equivalent to inspec-, variant stem of inspicere (see inspect) + -tor -tor

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British Dictionary definitions for inspector


/ (ɪnˈspɛktə) /


a person who inspects, esp an official who examines for compliance with regulations, standards, etc
a police officer ranking below a superintendent or chief inspector and above a sergeant

Derived Forms

inspectoral or inspectorial (ˌɪnspɛkˈtɔːrɪəl), adjectiveinspectorship, noun
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