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inspector

[in-spek-ter]
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noun
  1. a person who inspects.
  2. an officer appointed to inspect.
  3. a police officer usually ranking next below a superintendent.
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Origin of inspector

1595–1605; < Latin, equivalent to inspec-, variant stem of inspicere (see inspect) + -tor -tor
Related formsin·spec·to·ral, in·spec·to·ri·al [in-spek-tawr-ee-uh l, -tohr-] /ˌɪn spɛkˈtɔr i əl, -ˈtoʊr-/, adjectivein·spec·tor·ship, nounpre·in·spec·tor, nounsub·in·spec·tor, nounsub·in·spec·tor·ship, noun
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Related Words for inspector

detective, monitor, investigator, auditor, controller, sleuth, overseer, reviewer, tester, scrutinizer, checker, assessor

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Contemporary Examples of inspector

Historical Examples of inspector

  • "You'd better be packing your trunk," the Inspector rumbled.

    Within the Law

    Marvin Dana

  • Inspector Burke will tell you how easy it is for me to get it.

    Within the Law

    Marvin Dana

  • Inspector Burke himself filled the void in the halting sentence.

    Within the Law

    Marvin Dana

  • "Yes, Inspector," Mary replied pleasantly, as she advanced into the room.

    Within the Law

    Marvin Dana

  • The Inspector spoke the simple truth as he knew it from years of experience.

    Within the Law

    Marvin Dana


British Dictionary definitions for inspector

inspector

noun
  1. a person who inspects, esp an official who examines for compliance with regulations, standards, etc
  2. a police officer ranking below a superintendent or chief inspector and above a sergeant
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Derived Formsinspectoral or inspectorial (ˌɪnspɛkˈtɔːrɪəl), adjectiveinspectorship, noun
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Word Origin and History for inspector

n.

c.1600, "overseer, superintendent," from Latin inspector, agent noun from past participle stem of inspicere (see inspection). As a police ranking between sergeant and superintendent, it dates from 1840. Related: Inspectorial. Of the 18c. feminine formations, inspectrix (1715) is earlier than inspectress (1785).

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