the office or function of an inspector.
a body of inspectors.
a district under an inspector.

Origin of inspectorate

First recorded in 1755–65; inspector + -ate3 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for inspectorate

Historical Examples of inspectorate

  • This arrangement came to an end in 1905, greatly to the regret of the inspectorate.

  • But the mere development of the inspectorate would not be the only step in the progress of the organisation of Labour Protection.

    The Theory and Policy of Labour Protection

    Albert Eberhard Friedrich Schffle

  • The cleavage in policy between the inspectorate and the president did not at first manifest itself.

  • Some boards of guardians—often on the suggestion of the inspectorate—promptly made use of their new powers.

  • We see all this reflected in the advice and criticisms pressed by the inspectorate on the boards of guardians.

British Dictionary definitions for inspectorate



the office, rank, or duties of an inspector
a body of inspectors
a district under an inspector
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