Definition of fact-finding in English:

fact-finding

adjective

  • [attributive] (especially of a committee or its activity) having the purpose of discovering and establishing the facts of an issue.

    ‘a fact-finding 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.’
    • ‘She spent half a day in the facility on a fact-finding mission and in consultation with senior management at Oak Park.’
    • ‘In fact, the Court's exceptionally broad ruling removed fact-finding processes even from the Court's own debates.’
    • ‘Most of them feel the fact-finding mission is a non-partisan issue.’
    • ‘This would place considerable weight on fact-finding processes prior to sentencing.’
    • ‘The Tuesday visit is part of a two-day fact-finding mission to Scotland on new and emerging technologies.’
    • ‘Leave your expectations behind and consider it all a fact-finding mission.’
    • ‘She was the first representative of an international human rights organisation to visit Gujarat on a fact-finding mission.’
    • ‘We explore the fact-finding function of the Court a little later.’
    • ‘The team undertook a fact-finding mission to assess how violence had affected minority women.’
    • ‘We are desirous of joining a fact-finding mission to find out the root-cause of terrorist activities, and discuss its solution.’
    • ‘Seven years ago, I took a party of York schoolchildren to visit Odense in Denmark on a fact-finding mission for a new safe routes to schools project.’
    • ‘They are on a fact-finding mission to gather all data, surveys and specialist reports to oppose the no smoking ban in Ireland.’
    • ‘The request follows an August fact-finding mission by the commission's Arizona State Advisory Committee.’
    • ‘Amendments to the Criminal Procedure law in 1996 introduced adversary elements to the fact-finding process in criminal trials.’
    • ‘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 analysts and political commentators say the tribunals are a fact-finding mission, but the reality is that they are glorified public trials.’
    • ‘But other missions said attendance was a routine part of fact-finding activities.’
    • ‘The next issue on her broad-ranging agenda is a fact-finding mission with a view to potentially tabling a bid for the 2012 Olympics for London.’
    • ‘They get a lot of people out on fact-finding missions and I think we can learn from that.’
    examination, enquiry, study, inspection, exploration, consideration, analysis, appraisal
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noun

  • The discovery and establishment of the facts of an issue.

    • ‘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.’