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[in-spek-ter] /ɪnˈspɛk tər/
a person who inspects.
an officer appointed to inspect.
a police officer usually ranking next below a superintendent.
Origin of inspector
1595-1605; < Latin, equivalent to inspec-, variant stem of inspicere (see inspect) + -tor -tor
Related forms
inspectoral, inspectorial
[in-spek-tawr-ee-uh l, -tohr-] /ˌɪn spɛkˈtɔr i əl, -ˈtoʊr-/ (Show IPA),
inspectorship, noun
preinspector, noun
subinspector, noun
subinspectorship, noun Unabridged
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Examples from the web for inspector
  • He says to him that all he needs to do is to tell the inspector and then he can take some without more ado.
  • The dream first shows him the fulfilment of a long wished for wish, the rank of inspector.
  • One way to look at that is to say, as the inspector does, he did nothing at all.
  • It doesn't take an experienced inspector to see that a dangling conductor can't be good, either.
  • When the inspector calls, the ticket can be displayed on the screen.
  • But the inspector general's new report throws a wrench in that plan.
  • Finally, the inspected facility would have the right to demand the removal of any inspector caught taking unauthorized samples.
  • They had a health inspector come in and checked out everything.
  • The army's inspector general found no such affair but upheld the charge about the contractors.
  • The education inspector suggested private school was a good option for belle.
British Dictionary definitions for inspector


a person who inspects, esp an official who examines for compliance with regulations, standards, etc
a police officer ranking below a superintendent or chief inspector and above a sergeant
Derived Forms
inspectoral, inspectorial (ˌɪnspɛkˈtɔːrɪəl) adjective
inspectorship, noun
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Word Origin and History for inspector

c.1600, "overseer, superintendent," from Latin inspector, agent noun from past participle stem of inspicere (see inspection). As a police ranking between sergeant and superintendent, it dates from 1840. Related: Inspectorial. Of the 18c. feminine formations, inspectrix (1715) is earlier than inspectress (1785).

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