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  • adj. Aimed at investigating; investigative.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Of or pertaining to an investigation; accomplished by investigation; designed to find information or ascertain facts.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Of or pertaining to investigation; given to investigation.

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

  • adj. designed to find information or ascertain facts


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  • If the mainstream media was as engaged in investigatory journalism like they were in the 60's and 70's there would not be so much overblown hysteria about non issues and so much ridiculous trash reporting, ala like that of the National Enquirer. cynthia

    Priest apologizes for mocking Clinton while at Obama church

  • I was mainly referring to long term investigatory stories taken on by reporters in stealth, and published only after the reporting is done.

    Product v. process journalism: The myth of perfection v. beta culture « BuzzMachine

  • One looks in vain in Korea for the kind of investigatory and regulatory zeal that usually greets corporate corruption cases in other parts of the world.

    . . . Means Changing Korea

  • We could pay off our Central Worlds 'Start-up debt if we'd that kind of investigatory work here.

    The Rowan

  • The students, far from being traumatized by the act (which is described as appreciative rather than "investigatory") seem to take it in stride as a personal eccentricity of Hector's. stories

  • (meaning the elimination of Israel as a Jewish state) and submitting tendentious claims to UN "investigatory" committees.

    IMRA Middle East News Updates

  • Unfortunately, the disciplined response needed to put the NASA workforce back in the right direction will not come from this administration or, for that fact, any administration or even the lawfully bound investigatory bodies!

    Augustine Committee Meets at MSFC Today - NASA Watch

  • "The important, yet limited, investigatory role of the police to gather facts and collect evidence is well-established," Lohan attorney Shawn Chapman Holley said in a statement Tuesday.

    Back To Jail?

  • California Republican Representative Darrell Issa, who will take over chairmanship of a key investigatory panel, the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, promises probes on a range of issues involving spending and performance.

    Obama Faces Political Challenges Back in Washington

  • [I] n a traffic-stop setting, the first Terry condition — a lawful investigatory stop — is met whenever it is lawful for police to detain an automobile and its occupants pending inquiry into a vehicular violation.

    Sui Generis--a New York law blog:


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