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 Just as in human babies, mouse pups born to obese mothers are at higher risk of being overweight, so this finding suggests that extra betaine might be especially helpful to those pups, leading to healthier growth. Jennifer Couzin-frankel, Science | AAAS, "Breast milk ingredient may help power a healthy infant gut," 31 Mar. 2021 The Pfizer-BioNTech coronavirus vaccine is extremely effective in young adolescents, perhaps even more so than in adults, the companies reported on Wednesday — a finding that could ease the return to normalcy for millions of American families. New York Times, "The Pfizer-BioNTech Vaccine Is Said to Be Powerfully Protective in Adolescents," 31 Mar. 2021 Nelson told jurors that the state had not been happy with the autopsy results and went elsewhere for a better finding. Tami Abdollah, USA TODAY, "Lawyers in Derek Chauvin's murder trial zoom in on training, drug use, and viral video," 30 Mar. 2021 But long before the advent of that technology other factors were already eroding our aptitude for way-finding. Kathryn Schulz, The New Yorker, "Why Animals Don’t Get Lost," 29 Mar. 2021 One member of the team said in an interview that researchers at the lab were sick in the fall of 2019 — a potentially interesting finding that had been raised by the Trump administration — but then dismissed its relevance and offered little else. Washington Post, "WHO Wuhan report leaves question of coronavirus origins unresolved," 29 Mar. 2021 This finding held up even when accounting for demographics and individual characteristics. Utibe Effiong, The Conversation, "Raising the minimum wage is a health issue, too," 24 Mar. 2021 Have Eilish fans ever heard Smith’s Horses, an epic debauch redeemed by rock-and-roll fervor and finding release in rhythm and dance? Armond White, National Review, "Billie Eilish’s Teen Angst and Alienation," 24 Mar. 2021 These numbers are higher than for any other racial group—a significant finding, considering that the history of racial attacks in America mostly involves whites targeting blacks. The Economist, "Daily chart The pandemic appears to have sparked a rise in anti-Asian bigotry," 23 Mar. 2021

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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 12 Apr. 2021.

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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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