fact finder


: one that tries to determine the realities of a case, situation, or relationship
especially : an impartial examiner designated by a government agency to appraise the facts underlying a particular matter (such as a labor dispute)
fact-finding noun or adjective

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web The fact finder can make recommendations, but does not have authority to bind the sides to a contract. David Jesse, Detroit Free Press, 5 Sep. 2022 The difference is that firefighters, at the fact finder’s recommendation, were given a three-year contract. Bob Sandrick, cleveland, 12 July 2021 North Royalton Finance Director Eric Dean said the firefighters union has also accepted the fact finder’s terms. Bob Sandrick, cleveland, 12 July 2021 In non-jury trials, the judge becomes the fact finder and applies the law. Ben Leonard, baltimoresun.com/maryland/carroll, 16 Oct. 2020 Had Danney been willing to testify regarding his treatment of these and other athletes, Plaintiff would be entitled to have the fact finder weigh the scope of Danney’s activities. Brent Schrotenboer, USA TODAY, 16 Sep. 2019 The Chicago Teachers Union has rejected a 16 percent raise over five years offered by the city and recommended by an independent fact finder and the union has laid the groundwork for a strike. Washington Post, 31 Aug. 2019 Mueller, a former F.B.I. director, sees himself as a fact finder, a scrupulous prosecutor. Eric Lach, The New Yorker, 24 July 2019 Judge Leon served as the primary fact finder throughout the six-week trial, and then issued this opinion. Nilay Patel, The Verge, 15 June 2018 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1926, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of fact finder was in 1926

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“Fact finder.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/fact%20finder. Accessed 3 Feb. 2023.

Legal Definition


: one that tries to determine the facts of a case, situation, or relationship: as
: an impartial examiner designated by a government agency to appraise the facts underlying a particular matter (as a labor dispute)

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