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English definition of “scrutiny”


noun [U]     /ˈskruːtɪni/
the careful and detailed examination of something in order to get information about it: be subjected to/come under scrutiny The figures are likely to come under close scrutiny.
(Definition of scrutiny noun from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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