find·​ing | \ˈfīn-diŋ \

Definition of finding 

1a : the act of one that finds

b : find sense 2

2 findings plural : small tools and supplies used by an artisan (such as a dressmaker, jeweler, or shoemaker)

3a : the result of a judicial examination or inquiry

b : the results of an investigation usually used in plural

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Examples of finding in a Sentence

She published her findings in a medical journal. The evidence supported a finding of unfair bias.

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In other words, more research is needed to learn more about the causal relationship between these findings and diet or dietary discipline. SELF, "What You Need to Know Before Trying Intermittent Fasting," 7 Nov. 2018 Additionally, last year’s findings (which placed Harmon at number five, too) called out that his high rate is also due, in part, to his role as the executive producer of the series. Megan Stein, Country Living, "'NCIS' Star Mark Harmon Is Officially One of the Highest Paid Actors on TV," 30 Oct. 2018 But these findings mean that there may be a few places where life forms need not be so extreme—and that even after the surface of a planet becomes inhospitable, there may be more than meets the eye going on just below the surface. John Wenz, Popular Mechanics, "Mars May Have Enough Oxygen to Sustain Subsurface Life," 22 Oct. 2018 Last week, a University of Michigan study on misinformation (PDF) had similar findings about the effectiveness of our work. Casey Newton, The Verge, "Facebook hired a new public defender, and he should start with WhatsApp," 20 Oct. 2018 And, all these findings only apply to straight, cisgender young people — but there's a reason for this. Brittney Mcnamara, Teen Vogue, "A Lack of Sex Ed May Impact How Some College Students Practice Consent, Research Says," 20 Sep. 2018 While overarching research findings support the concept that low-carb eating plans can expedite weight loss, few have been studied for longer than a year to evaluate their efficacy and safety for lifelong use. Jaclyn London, Ms, Rd, Cdn, Good Housekeeping, "What You Need to Know About the Carnivore Diet," 7 Sep. 2018 Like relying on family and finding products that simplify her everyday routine — starting with Arm and Hammer baking soda. Alexis Jones, Redbook, "Lala Anthony Talks Motherhood, Activism, and the Beauty Products She Can't Live Without," 8 Aug. 2018 Such areas also experienced a surge in their share of Yelp reviews by visitors to New York, a measure that researchers said reconfirmed their employment findings. Tracy Jan,, "Study suggests white neigborhoods see more economic benefits from Airbnb," 12 July 2018

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First Known Use of finding

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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English Language Learners Definition of finding

: a legal decision

: the results of an investigation


find·​ing | \ˈfīn-diŋ\

Kids Definition of finding

1 : the decision of a court

2 : the results of an investigation



Legal Definition of finding 

: a determination resulting from judicial or administrative examination or inquiry (as at trial) especially into matters of fact as embodied in the verdict of a jury or decision of a court, referee, or administrative body or officer also  usually plural : a written statement of such determinations — see also factfinding — compare decision, holding, opinion, ruling

finding of fact

: a determination made by the trier of fact as to a factual issue based on the evidence presented in a case

Note: Conclusions of law are based on findings of fact.

finding of law

: a court's determination of the law as applied to a case : conclusion of law

general finding

: a finding that the facts in general support a judgment in favor of one of the parties

special finding

: a finding setting out the ultimate facts upon which the court's judgment is based

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