from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Discovery or determination of facts or accurate information.
  • adj. Of, relating to, or used in the discovery or determination of facts: a fact-finding committee; a fact-finding tour.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The determination of factual information
  • adj. Designed to determine factual information; investigative

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. designed to find information or ascertain facts.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. designed to find information or ascertain facts


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  • Three Republican congressmen have toured Alberta's oilsands as part of what is being called a fact-finding mission.

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  • The highly anticipated event has been described as a fact-finding session that will focus on understanding how the bird flu studies done at Erasmus Medical Center in the Netherlands and at the University of Wisconsin were performed and overseen by the relevant authorities.


  • They were on a graveled state road, somewhere south of Julesburg, feeling their way along on one of Tammen’s so-called fact-finding missions.


  • Tuesday's report, by a state-appointed fact-finding mission, said 846 protesters were killed in the violence - a death toll more than twice that of previous official estimates.

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  • … Tuesday as an epic fact-finding probe ruled that their loved ones were innocent and the soldiers entirely to blame for the 1972 slaughter.

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  • The chair of the Commission of Inquiry, Cherif Bassiouni, does not mince his words as he presents the conclusions of the fact-finding mission to the U.N. Human Rights Council.

    UN Accuses Libyan Forces of War Crimes

  • The EU fact-finding mission reported in September 2009 that Georgian claims of a large-scale Russian incursion into South Ossetia before the Georgian offensive “could not be substantiated” European Union, Independent International Fact-Finding Mission on the Conflict in Georgia, 23.

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  • In what the EU fact-finding mission later characterized as an “open challenge to Georgian sovereignty,” Moscow had issued Russian passports to the local populations to demonstrate its commitment to defend them.

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  • The EU fact-finding mission would later characterize this response as “illegal,” and the Georgian attack on Russian peacekeepers as “contrary to international law.”

    The Return

  • Armed With Phone, Dangerous to Syria The opposition members who blamed the government said such blasts could have been staged to overshadow a visit by an Arab League delegation, which arrived Thursday to prepare to dispatch fact-finding groups across Syria.

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