find·​ing | \ ˈfīn-diŋ How to pronounce finding (audio) \

Definition of finding

1a : the act of one that finds
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.
Recent Examples on the Web DeCODE—and Iceland in general—is in an exceedingly rare position in its ability to analyze its findings on coronavirus, and perhaps detect what makes some people more susceptible to infection and illness. Vivienne Walt, Fortune, "Why Iceland’s approach to coronavirus testing may be better than America’s," 27 Mar. 2020 Researchers have released new findings and data that will hopefully put harmful myths about electric vehicle emissions to rest. Caroline Delbert, Popular Mechanics, "Yes, Electric Vehicles Are Better for the Environment in 95 Percent of the World," 26 Mar. 2020 The fact that the poll surveyed a larger proportion of women than people of color might also factor into its findings, said Sutton. Sabrina Eaton, cleveland, "Great Lakes Democrats favor a female vice presidential candidate, new poll says," 26 Mar. 2020 The experts then compared them to a sample from the original outbreak to come up with their findings. Fox News, "Coronavirus has 'stable genome,' study suggests, so vaccine could help 'over many years'," 26 Mar. 2020 The agency is charged with finding and issuing resources for states among federal agencies and the private sector. New York Times, "As Federal Government Mobilizes, Local Officials Say Response Remains Too Slow," 23 Mar. 2020 Last week, however, the ICC’s appellate court reversed this finding and allowed Bensouda to continue her pursuits of American activities in Afghanistan and elsewhere after 9/11. John Yoo, National Review, "The U.S. Must Reject the International Criminal Court’s Attack on Its National Sovereignty," 17 Mar. 2020 The Nuclear Fuel Working Group, established by President Donald Trump in July 2019 to explore domestic uranium production, is expected to release its findings and recommendations soon. Debra Utacia Krol, azcentral, "Environmentalists fear more uranium mining near Grand Canyon may be impending," 17 Mar. 2020 Get diplomacy working: Researchers of different countries have to be able to share findings, resources, and anything that can speed up the search for a vaccine or treatment. Annalisa Merelli, Quartz, "Bill Gates’s plan to tackle a possible pandemic only works if governments handle health care," 28 Feb. 2020

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First Known Use of finding

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

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“Finding.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Apr. 2020.

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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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