[ in-spek-shuh n ]
/ ɪnˈspɛk ʃən /


the act of inspecting or viewing, especially carefully or critically: an inspection of all luggage on the plane.
formal or official viewing or examination: an inspection of the troops.

Nearby words

  1. insoul,
  2. insourcing,
  3. insp.,
  4. inspan,
  5. inspect,
  6. inspection arms,
  7. inspection chamber,
  8. inspection pit,
  9. inspective,
  10. inspector

Origin of inspection

1350–1400; Middle English inspeccio(u)n < Latin inspectiōn- (stem of inspectiō). See inspect, -ion

SYNONYMS FOR inspection
2. See examination.

Related formsin·spec·tion·al, adjectivepre·in·spec·tion, nounre·in·spec·tion, nounself-in·spec·tion, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for 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)).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper