[self-ig-zam-uh-ney-shuh n, self-]


examination into one's own state, conduct, motives, etc.
Medicine/Medical. examination of one's body for signs of illness or disease: breast self-examination.

Origin of self-examination

First recorded in 1640–50
Related formsself-ex·am·in·ing, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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Contemporary Examples of self-examination

  • But Mercury, Jupiter, and Venus are calling for self-examination on this score.

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    Starsky + Cox

    May 7, 2011

  • So had I not been in the habit of self-examination, I doubt I would have found it.

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    Carly's Cancer Warning

    Dana Goldstein

    November 20, 2009

  • We must believe, though the evidence is ambiguous, that self-examination helps us as individuals and societies.

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    Aravind Adiga Responds to Our Readers

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    July 30, 2009

  • Part of this absence of empathy is an incapacity for self-examination.

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    Who Made Frank Rich God?

    Lee Siegel

    March 16, 2009

Historical Examples of self-examination

British Dictionary definitions for self-examination



scrutiny of one's own conduct, motives, desires, etc
Derived Formsself-examining, adjective
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Word Origin and History for self-examination

1640s, from self- + examination.

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self-examination in Medicine



An introspective consideration of one's own thoughts or emotions.
Examination of one's own body for medical reasons.
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