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[in-spek-shuh n]
  1. the act of inspecting or viewing, especially carefully or critically: an inspection of all luggage on the plane.
  2. formal or official viewing or examination: an inspection of the troops.
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Origin of inspection

1350–1400; Middle English inspeccio(u)n < Latin inspectiōn- (stem of inspectiō). See inspect, -ion
Related formsin·spec·tion·al, adjectivepre·in·spec·tion, nounre·in·spec·tion, nounself-in·spec·tion, noun

Synonyms for inspection

2. See examination.
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Examples from the Web for self-inspection

Historical Examples of self-inspection

  • Pride, and the absence of any power of self-inspection, kept her blind to her disease.

    Sandra Belloni, Complete

    George Meredith

  • Self-inspection tends to concentrate the forces of the soul.

  • That was a time which called for a startling and vivid contrast to lead minds into self-inspection.

  • It is a curious exemplification of what Shaftesbury has so fancifully described as “self-inspection.”

Word Origin and History for self-inspection



late 14c., from Old French inspeccion "inspection, examination" (13c.), from Latin inspectionem (nominative inspectio) "a looking into," noun of action from past participle stem of inspicere "look into, inspect, examine," from in- "into" (see in- (2)) + specere "to look" (see scope (n.1)).

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