- to inspect or scrutinize carefully: to examine a prospective purchase.
- to observe, test, or investigate (a person's body or any part of it), especially in order to evaluate general health or determine the cause of illness.
- to inquire into or investigate: to examine one's motives.
- to test the knowledge, reactions, or qualifications of (a pupil, candidate, etc.), as by questions or assigning tasks.
- to subject to legal inquisition; put to question in regard to conduct or to knowledge of facts; interrogate: to examine a witness; to examine a suspect.
Origin of examine
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Examples from the Web for unexamined
And like all markers of cultural identity, words and tunes often exist inside of us, unexamined.The Trouble With Mourning Arik Einstein As Diaspora Jews
November 27, 2013
The unexamined life is not worth living, according to Socrates.London’s Sober Goodbye to Margaret Thatcher
April 17, 2013
It may be true that the unexamined life is not worth living, but too much philosophy can have negative ends of its own.This Week’s Hot Reads: April 9, 2012
Nicholas Mancusi, Malcolm Jones
April 9, 2012
No doubt they would prefer to leave all the terrible things that were going on at home in 1968 unexamined.Bob Kerrey: The New Vietnam Outrage
July 17, 2010
In contrast, in the U.S., bad, unexamined ideas sail through wearing the burqa of bipartisanship.Why Partisan Bickering Works
February 23, 2010
This booty became his own when I, unexamined, was arrested, and thrown into prison.The Life and Adventures of Baron Trenck
Better leave it unexamined than begin with inquiries the end of which cannot be foreseen.Judges and Ruth
Robert A. Watson
The semi-elliptical arch has one recommendation yet unexamined.Old and New London
One could be loyal to unexamined things because they were unchallenged things.The Research Magnificent
H. G. Wells
But this adoption of unexamined rules, and this plodding on in a beaten track, will never lead to any thing great or eminent.A Treatise on the Art of Dancing
- to look at, inspect, or scrutinize carefully or in detail; investigate
- education to test the knowledge or skill of (a candidate) in (a subject or activity) by written or oral questions or by practical tests
- law to interrogate (a witness or accused person) formally on oath
- med to investigate the state of health of (a patient)
Word Origin and History for unexamined
c.1300, from Old French examiner "interrogate, question, torture," from Latin examinare "to test or try; weigh, consider, ponder," from examen "a means of weighing or testing," probably ultimately from exigere "weigh accurately" (see exact). Related: Examined; examining.
- To study or analyze an organic material.
- To test or check the condition or health of.
- To determine the qualifications, aptitude, or skills of by means of questions or exercises.