Discovery definition

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Anything discovered.
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The act of discovering.
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The act or an instance of discovering.
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(law) The compulsory disclosure to the opposing party of factual information or documents relevant to a lawsuit prior to trial.
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(law, uncountable) A pre-trial phase in which evidence is gathered.

The prosecution moved to suppress certain items turned up during discovery.

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The definition of a discovery is something found, invented or uncovered.

An example of a discovery is a species of deep sea crab that was just found.

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Something discovered.

This latest discovery should eventually lead to much better treatments for disease.

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(uncountable) The discovering of new things.

The purpose of the voyage was discovery.

Automatic discovery of RSS feeds by a Web browser.

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(law, uncountable) Materials revealed to the opposing party during the pre-trial phase in which evidence is gathered.

The defense argued that the plaintiff's discovery was inadequate.

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In litigation, the compulsory release by a party of documents and other evidence sought by the other party, under rules set by the court. Means of discovery include depositions, written interrogatories, requests for admissions, and requests to produce documents or to inspect property. See also disclosure.
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(law) Any pretrial procedures, as the taking of depositions, for compelling the disclosure of pertinent factual information.
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Something discovered.
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(archaic) The act of revealing; disclosure.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
discovery
Plural:
discoveries