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.

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Donors receive no preferential coverage and do not influence the direction or findings of our reporting. The Christian Science Monitor, "What is The Christian Science Monitor?," 7 June 2019 His commando-style approach and sensational findings fueled public interest. Tim Evans, Indianapolis Star, "It's vigilante activist vs. politically connected farmer in Fair Oaks cruelty controversy," 7 June 2019 The state's findings also said that Goff instructed staff not to include negative comments about her leadership in the survey they were asked to complete as part of the review. Mandy Mclaren, The Courier-Journal, "JCPS removes principal deemed as not fit to lead low-performing school," 7 June 2019 The Politico team notes these findings underscore the clock is running on efforts to secure the 2020 election. Cat Zakrzewski, Washington Post, "The Technology 202: Breaking up Big Tech won't actually help start-ups, tech investors and entrepreneurs say," 6 June 2019 There are two key reasons why these findings matter. Dylan Matthews, Vox, "How many Americans live on $2 a day? The biggest debate in poverty research, explained.," 5 June 2019 Early preliminary findings suggest the oldest schools in U46 may not be as bad as originally thought because many have had outdated features and systems repaired or replaced in order to keep a school functioning, Blake said. Rafael Guerrero, Elgin Courier-News, "U46, advisory council doing study of district buildings to identify repair, maintenance costs," 4 June 2019 Their findings stand in contrast to the initial 1968 understanding of the Kula footprints’ age and timestamp the tracks 5,000 years later than the most recent estimate in 2016. Meilan Solly, Smithsonian, "Rock Art and Footprints Reveal How Ancient Humans Responded to Volcanic Eruption," 4 June 2019 The report’s findings beg for policy and budgetary shifts that will impact wages, affordable housing, health insurance and educational equity. Elaine Ayala,, "San Antonio is failing 51 percent of itself and its future," 4 June 2019

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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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