Ex*am`i*na"tion (?), n. [L. examinatio: cf. F. examination.]


The act of examining, or state of being examined; a careful search, investigation, or inquiry; scrutiny by study or experiment.


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.

Examination in chief, ∨ Direct examination Law, that examination which is made of a witness by a party calling him. -- Cross-examination, that made by the opposite party. -- Reexamination, ∨ Re-direct examination, that made by a party calling a witness, after, and upon matters arising out of, the cross-examination.

Syn. -- Search; inquiry; investigation; research; scrutiny; inquisition; inspection; exploration.


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