Definition of investigative in English:

investigative

Line breaks: in|ves¦ti|ga¦tive
Pronunciation: /ɪnˈvɛstɪɡətɪv
 
, -ɡeɪtɪv/

adjective

1Of or concerned with investigating something: a special investigative committee to look into the strikers' demands
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  • If an investigative committee happens to be struck when the facts speak too loudly to be silenced, it's no big deal.
  • To reach its conclusions, the investigative committee had to do a bit of digging.
  • Pressure groups can appear as witnesses at the investigative hearings held by committees of Congress.
1.1(Of journalism or a journalist) inquiring intensively into and seeking to expose malpractice, the miscarriage of justice, or other controversial issues.
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  • I look forward, in the interests of justice and fearless investigative journalism, to future exposés.
  • My next novel has a miscarriage of justice case but you won't find an investigative journalist or a copper in the background.
  • How Bates financed this project is a question that has eluded some of the country's finest investigative business journalists.

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