1. uncountable noun [oft a N] Self-examination is thought that you give to your own character and actions, for example in order to judge whether you have been behaving in a way that is acceptable to your own set of values. ⇒ The events in Los Angeles have sparked a new national self-examination. ⇒ Once you've picked a company that seems right for you, you have to make sure you're right for it. This is a time for some more self-examination. 2. uncountable noun Self-examination is the act of examining your own body to check whether or not you have any signs of a particular disease or illness. ⇒ Breast self-examination is invaluable for detecting cancer in its very early stages.
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