Definition of scrutiny noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

scrutiny

 noun
noun
BrE BrE//ˈskruːtəni//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈskruːtəni//
 
[uncountable](formal)
 
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careful and thorough examination synonym inspection Her argument doesn't really stand up to scrutiny. Foreign policy has come under close scrutiny recently. The documents should be available for public scrutiny. The situation is bound to come under the scrutiny of the public health authorities. Word Origin late Middle English: from Latin scrutinium, from scrutari ‘to search’ (originally ‘sort rubbish’, from scruta ‘rubbish’). Early use referred to the taking of individual votes in an election procedure.Extra examples The activities of the committee are subject to public scrutiny. The company has come under intense scrutiny because of its environmental record. The company is under scrutiny by the Inland Revenue. The testimony of the chief witness doesn’t bear scrutiny. Her argument doesn’t really stand up to scrutiny. The documents should be available for public scrutiny. The regulations have been subject to intense scrutiny.
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