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From Middle English examinacioun, from Old French examinacion, from Latin exāminātiō. Morphologically examine +‎ -ation


  • IPA(key): /ɪɡˌzæmɪˈneɪʃən/
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  • Rhymes: -eɪʃən
  • Hyphenation: ex‧am‧i‧na‧tion


examination (countable and uncountable, plural examinations)

  1. The act of examining.
    • 2013 July 20, “Welcome to the plastisphere”, in The Economist, volume 408, number 8845:
      [The researchers] noticed many of their pieces of [plastic marine] debris sported surface pits around two microns across. Such pits are about the size of a bacterial cell. Closer examination showed that some of these pits did, indeed, contain bacteria, […].
    • 2014 October 14, David Malcolm, “The Great War Re-Remembered: Allohistory and Allohistorical Fiction”, in Martin Löschnigg, Marzena Sokolowska-Paryz, editors, The Great War in Post-Memory Literature and Film[1], Walter de Gruyter GmbH & Co KG., →ISBN, page 173:
      The question of the plausibility of the counter-factual is seen as key in all three discussions of allohistorical fiction (as it is in Demandt's and Ferguson's examinations of allohistory) (cf. Rodiek 25–26; Ritter 15–16; Helbig 32).
  2. Particularly, an inspection by a medical professional to establish the extent and nature of any sickness or injury.
  3. (education) A formal test involving answering written or oral questions under a time constraint and usually without access to textbooks; typically, a large, written test administered to high school and college students covering course material studied in a semester.
  4. Interrogation, particularly by a lawyer in court or during discovery.

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