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’
    • ‘For all his efforts at acute self-examination, though, one area remains largely unexplored.’
    • ‘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’
    • ‘It is a day devoted to atonement, introspection and self-examination.’
    • ‘The study surveyed students about their self-examination of thoughts and self-correction of practices between speeches in an oral communication course.’
    • ‘Herman suggests that moving from self-examination and private testimony to engagement and public testimony is a key part of the recovery process.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘After a period of thoughtful self-examination, I've arrived at a few uncomfortable realizations.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Failure of any kind should be a stimulus for self-examination that ultimately suggests alternative approaches.’
    • ‘These ritual high points emphasize self-examination and spiritual rejuvenation.’
    • ‘The process of achieving congruency brings us closer to our life goals, and it necessarily entails self-examination and insight.’
    • ‘Such self-examination is crucial to any successful behavior modification, but it doesn't come easy to most of us.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Courage, I now see, is a journey involving self-doubt and self-examination, with the end never in sight.’
    • ‘We are called to introspection and self-examination before confrontation with others.’
    • ‘I do recognize your self-examination and I think you do deserve to be praised for it.’
    • ‘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.’
    1. 1.1 The action of examining one's own body for signs of illness.
      • ‘Women with a fibrocystic disease should continue to do breast self-examination.’
      • ‘During an oral self-examination, an individual looks in a mirror at the face for visible sores that have not healed or for swellings.’
      • ‘Epstein says equal credence should be given to self-examination in combination with medical examinations.’
      • ‘I recommend that women establish a regular monthly routine of breast self-examination.’
      • ‘Doctors also promote measures such as breast self-examination and periodic pap smear checks for women.’
      • ‘With statistics like these, it is imperative that nurses educate their patients regarding cancer prevention, self-examination, early warning signs, and actions to take.’
      • ‘The relative inaccessibility of the mucosa to self-examination often delays diagnosis, resulting in late detection and poor survival.’
      • ‘Finally, I should tell you that not all physicians believe that breast self-examination is a good thing.’
      • ‘Although results from this study suggest that skin self-examination may be effective in preventing skin cancer, these results are not definitive.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Clinical studies that evaluated breast self-examination were included in the review.’
      • ‘They were taught breast self-examination for early detection.’
      • ‘Less than 9 percent of patients perform a thorough skin self-examination every few months, reports Family Practice News.’
      • ‘The women were told about the importance of self-examination in detecting such diseases.’
      • ‘When you practise breast self-examination you are not looking for trouble.’
      • ‘There is no direct evidence that screening by only self-examination or clinical examination is beneficial.’
      • ‘Examples include household recycling, voting, and health-related behaviours such as breast self-examination and exercise.’
      • ‘Breast self-examination has not improved mortality outcomes but has increased false-positive rates.’
      • ‘Periodic self-examination of your mouth is the best way to detect the early signs of oral cancer.’
      • ‘A year and a half ago a study came out suggesting that breast self-examination was useless.’

Pronunciation

self-examination

/ˈˌsɛlf ɪɡˌzæməˈneɪʃən/