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 To help explain, Dr. Schonberg developed a decision aid: a brochure, written at a sixth-grade reading level, that uses research findings to explain the pros and cons. Paula Span, New York Times, "Aging Out of the Mammogram," 16 Mar. 2020 Even preliminary findings will be picked through for clues, given that countless lives depend on such outcomes. Ed Silverman, STAT, "A new paper about a Gilead drug to combat coronavirus has some analysts skittish about success," 13 Mar. 2020 There’s no evidence that dogs can spread the disease or that the disease can cause an animal to fall ill, the organization says, though further studies may bring new findings. Youyou Zhou, Quartz, "The WHO has changed its position on coronavirus and pets," 13 Mar. 2020 This finding doesn’t mean that a chunk of Theia is preserved at the moon’s core, Cano tells Eos' Javier Barbuzano. Theresa Machemer, Smithsonian Magazine, "The Moon Is Different Than Earth at Its Core," 13 Mar. 2020 This included information supporting findings that doping is often supported by enablers composed of trainers, veterinarians, pharmacists, stable staff, and in some instances, owners. Tim Sullivan, The Courier-Journal, "An inside job helped lead the FBI to indictments in the horse racing drug scandal," 11 Mar. 2020 Among other findings: Enrollment declined statewide over the last four years by more than 12,000 students to 854,959 last year. Annysa Johnson, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Wisconsin, Milwaukee graduation rates increase, but disparities remain," 11 Mar. 2020 These findings are based on observations that have come out of China, including a report from the World Health Organization that studied 147 pregnant women. Elizabeth Gulino,, "Are Pregnant Women More At Risk For Coronavirus?," 11 Mar. 2020 Similar findings have been reported in other studies. Beth Mole, Ars Technica, "Don’t Panic: The comprehensive Ars Technica guide to the coronavirus [Updated 3/10]," 10 Mar. 2020

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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 28 Mar. 2020.

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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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