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

Example Sentences

She published her findings in a medical journal. The evidence supported a finding of unfair bias.
Recent Examples on the Web But of course, beyond the joys of finding, unwrapping, holding, and actually reading a book, a preoccupation with books has another great benefit. Paul Cappiello, The Courier-Journal, 18 Nov. 2022 With the change in plea, Foresteire’s lawyer, Gerard F. Malone, is seeking to have the charges continued without a finding, which would allow Foresteire to avoid a conviction and perhaps continue receiving his pension. Stephanie Ebbert,, 18 Nov. 2022 The paper reported another striking finding: Certain combinations of fungal species correlated with lower odds of survival in several types of cancers, most strongly in ovarian and breast cancer. Bygunjan Sinha,, 16 Nov. 2022 His next effort, in 2018, resulted in the state Supreme Court finding deficiencies in his petition drive’s signatures, and in 2020, a subsequent drive was stymied by the COVID-19 pandemic. Jane Mayer, The New Yorker, 16 Nov. 2022 It was compared to the finding, about 50 years ago, of the Riace bronzes, two statues of warriors, presumably sculpted in Greece in the mid-5th century BCE, found in the waters of the Ionian Sea near Riace Marina, in the region of Calabria, in 1972. Irene Dominioni, Forbes, 10 Nov. 2022 Religious belief is strongly correlated with searching for—and finding—purpose in life. Arthur C. Brooks, The Atlantic, 27 Oct. 2022 This finding, called the Cabibbo Angle Anomaly, can be interpreted as another sign that electrons and muons might behave differently. Andreas Crivellin, Scientific American, 23 Oct. 2022 Legal experts, however, see those orders as an acknowledgement by the court that new fact finding — a deeper review of historical gun laws, for instance — may be necessary. Kevin Rector, Los Angeles Times, 8 Sep. 2022 See More

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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 9 Dec. 2022.

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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