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 Chris Oliver, the spokesperson for Hauseit, an a la carte broker services company in New York City, isn’t shocked by these findings. Erik J. Martin, Dallas News, "Here’s what Gen Z buyers are looking for in a home," 18 Jan. 2020 As a result of these findings and other factors, MPS officials have decided to ask voters to provide extra resources to shore up the district’s teaching capacity and quality. Rob Henken, Anne Chapman And Jason Stein, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "MPS is proposing to raise taxes to fund educational programs. Here's what to know before you vote April 7.," 16 Jan. 2020 On January 7, Jessian Choy, a writer for Sierra Club’s magazine Sierra, published a report outlining these findings after carrying out an independent test of several products from Thinx’s organic cotton line. Braden Bjella, Teen Vogue, "Thinx Responds to a Report That Claims Its Products Contain Toxic Chemicals," 14 Jan. 2020 That is terrific; however, there have been two limiting factors: One has had to rely on low throughput, high cost experiments to validate these findings. John Stuelpnagel, Fortune, "An Explosion of Knowledge: Multiplexed Interventional Genomics," 13 Jan. 2020 If nothing else, these findings should make families pause and consider how the burden of student loans can impact their current and future net worth. Washington Post, "Is college still worth it? Read this study.," 11 Jan. 2020 Based on these findings, some companies are now offering language training that is continuous, tailored, and embedded in worker roles. Katie Nielson, Quartz, "The US has a skills gap problem—and it’s ignoring its most obvious solution," 10 Jan. 2020 The team reported these findings today in the journal Evolution. Kate Baggaley, Popular Science, "Hummingbirds get their wild coloring from ‘air-filled pancakes’ in their feathers," 10 Jan. 2020 These findings can help researchers better understand Mars' previous and current geological and atmospheric conditions, which can help constrain which future landing sites will provide the most information about the planet. Jennifer Leman, Popular Mechanics, "Water Is Disappearing from the Surface of Mars Like Crazy," 10 Jan. 2020

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First Known Use of finding

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

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23 Jan 2020

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“Finding.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 25 January 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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