[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
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Examples from the Web for self-examination
But Mercury, Jupiter, and Venus are calling for self-examination on this score.Horoscopes: May 8-14
Starsky + Cox
May 7, 2011
So had I not been in the habit of self-examination, I doubt I would have found it.Carly's Cancer Warning
November 20, 2009
We must believe, though the evidence is ambiguous, that self-examination helps us as individuals and societies.Aravind Adiga Responds to Our Readers
The Daily Beast
July 30, 2009
Part of this absence of empathy is an incapacity for self-examination.Who Made Frank Rich God?
March 16, 2009
I was so lost to myself, that I could scarcely go about self-examination.The Autobiography of Madame Guyon
Jeanne Marie Bouvier de La Motte Guyon
Take for example that self-examination before the cheval glass.All Roads Lead to Calvary
Jerome K. Jerome
My self-examination, as usual, produced no satisfactory results.Frank Mildmay
Captain Frederick Marryat
The contemplation of the law cannot but lead to self-examination, and that to petition.The Expositor's Bible: The Psalms, Vol. 1
From this self-examination Wagner rose up nobler and stronger.Wagner as I Knew Him
Ferdinand Christian Wilhelm Praeger
- scrutiny of one's own conduct, motives, desires, etc
Word Origin and History for self-examination
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
- An introspective consideration of one's own thoughts or emotions.
- Examination of one's own body for medical reasons.
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