find·​ing ˈfīn-diŋ How to pronounce finding (audio)
: the act of one that finds
findings plural : small tools and supplies used by an artisan (such as a dressmaker, jeweler, or shoemaker)
: the result of a judicial examination or inquiry
: 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.
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Word History

First Known Use

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

Time Traveler
The first known use of finding was in the 14th century

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Cite this Entry

“Finding.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 May. 2024.

Kids Definition


: the result of a judicial proceeding or inquiry

Legal Definition


: 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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