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examination Meaning, Definition & Usage

  1. noun the act of examining something closely (as for mistakes)
  2. noun a set of questions or exercises evaluating skill or knowledge
    test; exam.
    • when the test was stolen the professor had to make a new set of questions
  3. noun formal systematic questioning
    interrogation; interrogatory.
  4. noun a detailed inspection of your conscience (as done daily by Jesuits)
  5. noun the act of giving students or candidates a test (as by questions) to determine what they know or have learned

Ex*am`i*na"tion noun
L. examinatio: cf. F. examination.
  1. The act of examining, or state of being examined; a careful search, investigation, or inquiry; scrutiny by study or experiment.
  2. A process prescribed or assigned for testing qualification; as, the examination of a student, or of a candidate for admission to the bar or the ministry.
    He neglected the studies, . . . stood low at the examinations. Macaulay.
    Syn. -- Search; inquiry; investigation; research; scrutiny; inquisition; inspection; exploration.

Webster 1913