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[self-ig-zam-uh-ney-shuh n, self-] /ˈsɛlf ɪgˌzæm əˈneɪ ʃən, ˌsɛlf-/
examination into one's own state, conduct, motives, etc.
Medicine/Medical. examination of one's body for signs of illness or disease:
breast self-examination.
Origin of self-examination
Related forms
self-examining, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the web for self-examination
  • People busy to survive or coping with disaster have no time for such self-examination.
  • Such a public self-examination cannot have been easy for a firm proud of having weathered the financial crisis well.
  • On neither side has there been much self-examination.
  • In the quest to be a more well-informed individual, one must dedicate some time towards self-examination.
  • We have to have more self-examination before an apology will work.
  • But the great value of it to me was the self-examination and that it evolved slowly over the years.
  • Strategies of concealment ramify and self-examination is endless.
  • Strategies of concealment ramify, and self-examination is endless.
  • Observers describe fervent, and occasionally anguished, self-examination on the part of those who fail to weep.
  • Any national self-examination, any meeting which talked honestly about what the nation had come to, ran straight into the trials.
British Dictionary definitions for self-examination


scrutiny of one's own conduct, motives, desires, etc
Derived Forms
self-examining, adjective
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Word Origin and History for self-examination

1640s, from self- + examination.

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self-examination in Medicine

self-examination n.

  1. An introspective consideration of one's own thoughts or emotions.

  2. Examination of one's own body for medical reasons.

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