fact finder


Definition of 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)

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fact-finding \ ˈfak(t)-​ˌfīn-​diŋ How to pronounce fact-finding (audio) \ noun or adjective

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Recent Examples on the Web 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, "Tim Tebow now expected as witness in two drug trials against his trainer," 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, "Chicago’s mayor faces sobering reality — huge budget deficit," 31 Aug. 2019 Mueller, a former F.B.I. director, sees himself as a fact finder, a scrupulous prosecutor. Eric Lach, The New Yorker, "Live Stream: Robert Mueller’s Testimony on Donald Trump and the Russia Investigation," 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, "The court’s decision to let AT&T and Time Warner merge is ridiculously bad," 15 June 2018 Backed into a corner, the president has moved from denying the facts of his aides' involvement to attempting to discredit the fact finders, his own Justice Department. NBC News, "Meet the Press -May 20, 2018," 20 May 2018

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First Known Use of fact finder

1926, in the meaning defined above

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“Fact finder.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/fact%20finder. Accessed 25 Oct. 2020.

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fact·​find·​er | \ ˈfakt-ˌfīn-dər \

Legal Definition of factfinder

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

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