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 Republicans have complained that the FBI concealed its reliance on Steele's findings when applying for permission to wiretap Page. Kevin Johnson, USA TODAY, "Andrew McCabe, former FBI deputy director, won't face criminal charges," 15 Feb. 2020 Piquero says these studies should be done before the findings are used to inform policy. David Shultz, Science | AAAS, "Crime did not surge when California became a ‘sanctuary state’," 15 Feb. 2020 The exoplanet — a planet beyond our solar system — was discovered by scientists at the Rochester Institute of Technology, and the findings were published in Research Notes of the American Astronomical Society. TheWeek, "Scientists discover 'baby giant' exoplanet already 10 times the mass of Jupiter," 12 Feb. 2020 According to the Wildlife Justice Commission findings, Vietnam is now the biggest recipient of pangolin scales. National Geographic, "THE BEST OF NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC DELIVERED TO YOUR INBOX," 11 Feb. 2020 All of the service is manageable through a Web console, with a dashboard that alerts security teams to the latest findings made by Attack. Sean Gallagher, Ars Technica, "New “red team as a service” platform aims to automate hacking tests for company networks," 11 Feb. 2020 Following an informational and comment session, the local County Deer Advisory Council will meet with DNR staff to develop preliminary recommendations for sampling strategies and management responses to the CWD findings. Paul A. Smith, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Bipartisan effort forms to change railroad crossing law for hunters, anglers," 8 Feb. 2020 By placing such an emphasis on recent findings, however, this presentation borders on the clinical. Lee Lawrence, WSJ, "Poised Between Two Worlds," 31 Jan. 2020 In the nearer future, the findings suggest possible treatments for ways to promote wound-healing and treat blindness. Amber Dance, Smithsonian Magazine, "Some Salamanders Can Regrow Lost Body Parts. Could Humans One Day Do the Same?," 31 Jan. 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 23 Feb. 2020.

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How to pronounce finding (audio)

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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