verb (used with object), ex·am·ined, ex·am·in·ing.

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

1275–1325; Middle English < Middle French examiner < Latin exāmināre to weigh, examine, test, equivalent to exāmin- (stem of exāmen examen) + -āre infinitive ending
Related formsex·am·in·a·ble, adjectiveex·am·i·na·to·ri·al [ig-zam-uh-nuh-tawr-ee-uhl, -tohr-] /ɪgˌzæm ə nəˈtɔr i əl, -ˈtoʊr-/, adjectiveex·am·in·er, nounex·am·in·ing·ly, adverbpre·ex·am·ine, verb (used with object), pre·ex·am·ined, pre·ex·am·in·ing.pre·ex·am·in·er, nounsub·ex·am·in·er, nounsu·per·ex·am·in·er, nounun·ex·am·in·a·ble, adjectiveun·ex·am·ined, adjectiveun·ex·am·in·ing, adjectivewell-ex·am·ined, adjective

Synonyms for examine

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Examples from the Web for unexamined

Contemporary Examples of unexamined

Historical Examples of unexamined

  • This booty became his own when I, unexamined, was arrested, and thrown into prison.

  • 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

    Walter Thornbury

  • One could be loyal to unexamined things because they were unchallenged things.

  • 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

    Giovanni-Andrea Gallini

British Dictionary definitions for unexamined


verb (tr)

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)
Derived Formsexaminable, adjectiveexaminer, nounexamining, adjective

Word Origin for examine

C14: from Old French examiner, from Latin exāmināre to weigh, from exāmen means of weighing; see examen
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Word Origin and History for unexamined

late 15c., from un- (1) "not" + past participle of examine.



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.

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unexamined in Medicine




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.
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