Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun An examination; an investigation.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun Examination; disquisition; inquiry; scrutiny.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun rare Examination; inquiry.

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  • noun obsolete examination; inquiry

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun a critical study (as of a writer's work)
  • noun a detailed inspection of your conscience (as done daily by Jesuits)

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Latin exāmen, a weighing out; see examine.]

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Latin, the tongue of a balance, examination; for exagmen, from exigere to weigh accurately, to treat: compare French examen. See exact.

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