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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These findings are the result of an unexpectedly successful effort by the Bay Area Lyme Foundation to collect tick samples from across the country. Dennis Thompson, CBS News, "Ticks that carry Lyme disease are spreading fast," 13 July 2018 To continue reading this story, TRY IT NOW As impressive as the news is, these findings are not completely unprecedented, according to lead author Caoimhe Twohig-Bennett. Richard A. Marini, San Antonio Express-News, "Massive new study review confirms nature nurtures your health," 12 July 2018 These findings undermine Airbnb’s long-standing reputation as a platform that gives an economic boost to local communities. Shoshana Wodinsky, The Verge, "Study claims Airbnb is great for your neighborhood’s economy, if it’s predominantly white," 11 July 2018 There’s a reason these findings are shaking up the evolutionary science community. Brooke Bunce, Teen Vogue, "Nipple Size Could Say Something About Human Evolution," 28 June 2018 For humankind in general, these findings hint at an intriguing, if largely theoretical, prospect: that the maximum possible human lifespan — essentially, the species’ design limit — has not yet been reached. Melissa Healy,, "Can humans reach even older age? We haven't maxed out yet, some scientists say," 28 June 2018 These findings show, for the first time that blue light impacts skin cells’ natural nighttime rhythm. Audrey Noble, Harper's BAZAAR, "The Surprising Thing Damaging The Look of Your Skin," 28 June 2018 One implication of these findings is that evaluations of end-of-life care need to look at more than just spending and whether a patient dies. Orly Nadell Farber, STAT, "Are we spending too much on the dying? New research challenges this widely held view," 28 June 2018 Recent studies have largely confirmed these early findings. Kevin Klatt, SELF, "Why Weight Loss Diets Fail," 26 June 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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