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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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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The first known use of fact finder was in 1926

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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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