Definition of self-examination in US English:

self-examination

noun

  • 1The study of one's own behavior and motivations.

    ‘a period of considerable self-doubt and self-examination’
    • ‘The process of achieving congruency brings us closer to our life goals, and it necessarily entails self-examination and insight.’
    • ‘I'd rather read the reasoned thoughts of someone who has taken the time for self-examination as opposed to attacking others simply for having views that are outside of the mainstream.’
    • ‘We are called to introspection and self-examination before confrontation with others.’
    • ‘In an era of short-lived electronic music careers, the duo stayed relevant a decade later through reinvention and self-examination, challenging the changing climes in electronic music.’
    • ‘After a period of thoughtful self-examination, I've arrived at a few uncomfortable realizations.’
    • ‘For those weeks, I played a part in a Mediterranean drama, full of energy and humor and passion, unencumbered by words, and, therefore, self-examination.’
    • ‘Let us study our victory with cold and ruthless self-examination and prepare for future campaigns on the basis of facts and evidence shorn of any wishful thinking or self-delusion.’
    • ‘These ritual high points emphasize self-examination and spiritual rejuvenation.’
    • ‘I do recognize your self-examination and I think you do deserve to be praised for it.’
    • ‘For all his efforts at acute self-examination, though, one area remains largely unexplored.’
    • ‘It is a day devoted to atonement, introspection and self-examination.’
    • ‘Courage, I now see, is a journey involving self-doubt and self-examination, with the end never in sight.’
    • ‘The study surveyed students about their self-examination of thoughts and self-correction of practices between speeches in an oral communication course.’
    • ‘The challenge was to make these methods of self-betterment credible to Americans who were no longer immersed in the old Puritan traditions of self-examination and self-culture.’
    • ‘Herman suggests that moving from self-examination and private testimony to engagement and public testimony is a key part of the recovery process.’
    • ‘Through introspection and self-examination each of us can identify the handful of traits that are operating as hindrances in our own inner lives, and thus we pinpoint the curriculum for our personal transformative work’
    • ‘Such self-examination is crucial to any successful behavior modification, but it doesn't come easy to most of us.’
    • ‘Failure of any kind should be a stimulus for self-examination that ultimately suggests alternative approaches.’
    1. 1.1 The action of examining one's own body for signs of illness.
      • ‘Epstein says equal credence should be given to self-examination in combination with medical examinations.’
      • ‘With statistics like these, it is imperative that nurses educate their patients regarding cancer prevention, self-examination, early warning signs, and actions to take.’
      • ‘Clinical studies that evaluated breast self-examination were included in the review.’
      • ‘During an oral self-examination, an individual looks in a mirror at the face for visible sores that have not healed or for swellings.’
      • ‘Periodic self-examination of your mouth is the best way to detect the early signs of oral cancer.’
      • ‘I recommend that women establish a regular monthly routine of breast self-examination.’
      • ‘There is no direct evidence that screening by only self-examination or clinical examination is beneficial.’
      • ‘Breast self-examination has not improved mortality outcomes but has increased false-positive rates.’
      • ‘A year and a half ago a study came out suggesting that breast self-examination was useless.’
      • ‘Less than 9 percent of patients perform a thorough skin self-examination every few months, reports Family Practice News.’
      • ‘Although results from this study suggest that skin self-examination may be effective in preventing skin cancer, these results are not definitive.’
      • ‘Doctors also promote measures such as breast self-examination and periodic pap smear checks for women.’
      • ‘When you practise breast self-examination you are not looking for trouble.’
      • ‘The women were told about the importance of self-examination in detecting such diseases.’
      • ‘Examples include household recycling, voting, and health-related behaviours such as breast self-examination and exercise.’
      • ‘Finally, I should tell you that not all physicians believe that breast self-examination is a good thing.’
      • ‘Women with a fibrocystic disease should continue to do breast self-examination.’
      • ‘The relative inaccessibility of the mucosa to self-examination often delays diagnosis, resulting in late detection and poor survival.’
      • ‘They were taught breast self-examination for early detection.’
      • ‘Many cancers of the oral cavity and oropharynx can be found early, during routine screening examinations by a doctor or dentist, or by self-examination.’

Pronunciation

self-examination

/ˈˌsɛlf ɪɡˌzæməˈneɪʃən/