Definition of fact-finding in English:

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(Especially of a committee or its activity) having the purpose of discovering and establishing the facts of an issue: a fact-finding mission
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  • But other missions said attendance was a routine part of fact-finding activities.
  • Once a fact-finding mission has been established and its chairman and members appointed, no persons should be added to the mission as members except to fill a vacancy in the mission.
  • The programme reminded me of a conversation with one who was on a fact-finding committee some years ago with the aim of attracting the Games to Ireland.


The discovery and establishment of the facts of an issue.
Example sentences
  • While this is not a blank cheque, it authorises them to re-evaluate the consequences of the adjudicator's primary fact-findings, and that is what they did here in relation to the deportation decision.
  • When the fact-findings are based in large measure on documentary evidence, they do not carry the same weight on appeal as findings based entirely on oral testimony.
  • The Court feels free to make an independent examination of the record, whatever the fact findings in the state proceedings, in order to protect the constitutional principles at stake.



Example sentences
  • The answer is that when it suited its purposes, the panel conducted itself in the fashion of factfinders operating under the traditional civil law standard of proof for the finding of facts: the preponderance of the evidence.
  • First, for every argument why juries are more accurate factfinders, there is another why they are less accurate.
  • The factfinder would have to weigh the credibility of the witnesses.

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Syllabification: fact-find·ing

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