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

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 The development came a day after police reported finding traces of blood in the boat of a fisherman who is under arrest as the only suspect in the disappearance. Patrick Smith, NBC News, 13 June 2022 With Monday's finding that an environmental impact statement is not required for Boca Chica, the FAA presumably will now be able to consider a launch license, assuming SpaceX meets the mitigation requirements. William Harwood, CBS News, 13 June 2022 The development came a day after police reported finding traces of blood in the boat of a fisherman who is under arrest as the only suspect in the disappearance. Fabiano Maisonnave, USA TODAY, 13 June 2022 Polster will ultimately determine how much to award the counties following a jury’s finding in November that the pharmacies contributed to the epidemic by doling out millions of prescription opioids with few, if any, safeguards. Adam Ferrise, cleveland, 13 June 2022 Cheney revealed a bombshell finding uncovered by the committee during its investigation: multiple Republican congressmen sought presidential pardons from Trump for their roles in attempting to overturn the election. Shannon Larson,, 10 June 2022 The decision also impacted a finding in the draft audit report that Braun appeared to receive contributions exceeding the limit, totaling more than $1 million worth of excess. Kaitlin Lange, The Indianapolis Star, 9 June 2022 The decision marked the second time in six months that an incompetence finding led to dropped charges against 33-year-old Corey Ahkivgak, who is accused of having attacked three people since December. Tess Williams, Anchorage Daily News, 9 June 2022 Its most telling finding is that an overwhelming majority (91%) of adults 21 years old and over, consume cannabis for health and wellness purposes. Iris Dorbian, Forbes, 8 June 2022 See More

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First Known Use of finding

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

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More Definitions for finding


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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