Definition of investigative in English:



  • 1Of or concerned with investigating something.

    ‘a special investigative committee to look into the strikers' demands’
    • ‘Thanks to Graham's excellent investigative skills, surely their time has come?’
    • ‘This means, both, higher investigative costs and higher extra costs during the trial.’
    • ‘The bills include a number of offence and penalty provisions and investigative powers.’
    • ‘Such draconian methods point to the shortcomings of a cumbersome investigative and judicial system.’
    • ‘He also added a detail that had been overlooked in the investigative file.’
    • ‘Pressure groups can appear as witnesses at the investigative hearings held by committees of Congress.’
    • ‘Satisfyingly, the audience is allowed to do the investigative work themselves.’
    • ‘It has been unfair at the investigative stage and it has been unfair at the trial stage, not so much the judge but the prosecutor.’
    • ‘Bruguire is an investigative magistrate empowered to view French domestic and foreign intelligence material.’
    • ‘The investigative personnel allege that this is consistent with international practice.’
    • ‘Perhaps we should look more towards the investigative systems that operate across the continent.’
    • ‘If an investigative committee happens to be struck when the facts speak too loudly to be silenced, it's no big deal.’
    • ‘Most of the investigative work of Congress is done through its committee system.’
    • ‘A disciplinary panel of judges would need to be established along with an investigative unit.’
    • ‘Then he'll take over as director of security firm Garda's investigative division.’
    • ‘To reach its conclusions, the investigative committee had to do a bit of digging.’
    • ‘Danov proposed that the investigative services become part of the police.’
    • ‘We do need to make sure that Congress is doing its job of investigative oversight.’
    • ‘The more preliminary investigative work that we can do, the more it benefits the entire field.’
    • ‘It was a good piece of investigative work but would it not have been better for the relevant authorities to have carried out the undercover work?’
    1. 1.1 (of journalism or a journalist) inquiring intensively into and seeking to expose malpractice, the miscarriage of justice, or other controversial issues.
      • ‘So this was regarded as a pretty fair public interest expose in the best tradition of investigative journalism.’
      • ‘I look forward, in the interests of justice and fearless investigative journalism, to future exposés.’
      • ‘I've always said that the risks in investigative journalism tend to be overstated in Australia.’
      • ‘It is based on a true story, framed by an investigative journalist's interview with his elusive subject and told mostly in flashback.’
      • ‘How Bates financed this project is a question that has eluded some of the country's finest investigative business journalists.’
      • ‘Are investigative journalism and conspiracy research two names for the same thing?’
      • ‘Ana Arana is an investigative journalist who has reported extensively on Latin America.’
      • ‘It has been suggested that British investigative journalists may be responsible.’
      • ‘We shall be popping round there anytime soon to do some serious Friday afternoon investigative journalism.’
      • ‘We sent award-winning investigative journalist Gregory Smith to ferret out the answers.’
      • ‘The role of an investigative reporter is to expose falsehood wherever it occurs, without fear or favour.’
      • ‘If they are that desperate for a news story perhaps some investigative journalism might be in order.’
      • ‘My next novel has a miscarriage of justice case but you won't find an investigative journalist or a copper in the background.’
      • ‘Now, add in the fact that investigative journalism is really expensive for newspapers.’
      • ‘It might be said that investigative journalism in the British press is alive and well and based on TV programme research.’
      • ‘A new institute to promote investigative journalism will soon be established in Afghanistan.’
      • ‘Tehelka has defended the actions of its investigative journalists.’
      • ‘There is certainly the potential for a chilling effect on investigative journalism and for significant injustice.’
      • ‘It will be delving deep into the big cultural issues and events of the day, with a mix of investigative journalism and reviews.’
      • ‘Independent investigative journalism that tries to expose the crimes of the powerful is essential, but on its own it has limits.’
      questioning, enquiring, inquisitive, inquisitorial, probing, searching, quizzing, quizzical, curious, intrigued
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