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

  • n. An examination; an investigation.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. examination; inquiry

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Examination; inquiry.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Examination; disquisition; inquiry; scrutiny.

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

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


Latin exāmen, a weighing out; see examine.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Latin, the tongue of a balance, examination; for exagmen, from exigere to weigh accurately, to treat: compare French examen. See exact. (Wiktionary)



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