Definitions of discovery

  1. ( law) compulsory pretrial disclosure of documents relevant to a case; enables one side in a litigation to elicit information from the other side concerning the facts in the case
  2. the act of discovering something
  3. something that is discovered
  4. The action of discovering; exposure to view; laying open; showing; as, the discovery of a plot.
  5. A making known; revelation; disclosure; as, a bankrupt is bound to make a full discovery of his assets.
  6. Finding out or ascertaining something previously unknown or unrecognized; as, Harvey's discovery of the circulation of the blood.
  7. That which is discovered; a thing found out, or for the first time ascertained or recognized; as, the properties of the magnet were an important discovery.
  8. A formal investigation -- governed by court rules -- that is conducted before trial. Discovery allows one party to question other parties, and sometimes witnesses. It also allows one party to force the others to produce requested documents or other physical evidence. The most common types of discovery are interrogatories, consisting of written questions the other party must answer under penalty of perjury, and depositions, which involve an in- person session at which one party to a lawsuit has the opportunity to ask oral questions of the other party or her witnesses under oath while a written transcript is made by a court reporter. Other types of pretrial discovery consist of written requests to produce documents and requests for admissions, by which one party asks the other to admit or deny key facts in the case. One major purpose of discovery is to assess the strength or weakness of an opponent's case, with the idea of opening settlement talks. Another is to gather information to use at trial. Discovery is also present in criminal cases, in which by law the prosecutor must turn over to the defense any witness statements and any evidence that might tend to exonerate the defendant. Depending on the rules of the court, the defendant may also be obliged to share evidence with the prosecutor.
  9. A bringing to light, especially for the first time.
  10. Act of finding out: the thing discovered: revelation.
  11. Act of finding out; something discovered.
  12. The act of discovering; disclosure; something discovered.
  13. The action of discovering; disclosure; that which is discovered, found out, or revealed; the unravelling or manner of unfolding the plot or fable of a comedy or tragedy.
  14. A bringing to light or making known; the thing made known; the act of finding out; the thing found out or revealed.

Usage examples for discovery

  1. This, however, is a discovery which only those can make, of whom it is really true; and it takes them a long time to make it. – Counsels and Maxims From The Essays Of Arthur Schopenhauer by Arthur Schopenhauer
  2. It seemed impossible to get away without discovery. – Middy and Ensign by G. Manville Fenn
  3. And so the young lady reconciled her conscience in the best way she could, stole out as often as she was able to meet him, and left discovery to take care of itself. – Mrs. Halliburton's Troubles by Mrs. Henry Wood
  4. " There," he cried, as though he had suddenly made a great discovery. – The Law-Breakers by Ridgwell Cullum
  5. She was one of those indispensables of whom one makes the discovery, when they are gone, that one can get on quite as well without them. – Mortal Coils by Aldous Huxley
  6. " Oh, that's too bad," Tavia managed to say, although her joy at finding the spring made any regret at the method of its discovery quite out of the question. – Dorothy Dale at Glenwood School by Margaret Penrose
  7. This was his discovery, and he was not even allowed to examine it. – The Planet Strappers by Raymond Zinke Gallun
  8. What would I not have given to be able to look over her shoulder, without discovery! – The Legacy of Cain by Wilkie Collins
  9. A noise in the next room had followed his cry at the discovery that his mother was awake. – Maggie: A Girl of the Streets by Stephen Crane
  10. Come Sir, the truth of your discovery. – The Scornful Lady by Francis Beaumont and John Fletcher
  11. I also determined to keep my discovery a secret, at least for the present. – Zarlah the Martian by R. Norman Grisewood
  12. But we are speaking of the discovery of New York. – Comic History of the United States by Bill Nye
  13. Several hundred feet from the water they made an interesting discovery. – The Auto Boys' Mystery by James A. Braden
  14. He was on the road to the discovery. – The High Calling by Charles M. Sheldon
  15. I followed him, creeping back to the window, where we entered in time to avoid discovery by a wretch who had succeeded in mounting the wall, torch in hand. – The Maids of Paradise by Robert W. (Robert William) Chambers
  16. That he could have a secret from her, however, was the real discovery. – Marriage à la mode by Mrs. Humphry Ward
  17. But he had not fled from Alan; he had fled from discovery of who he was. – The Indian Drum by William MacHarg Edwin Balmer
  18. " Now that I've joined you, I'd better mention a little discovery West and I made this afternoon," said George. – Ranching for Sylvia by Harold Bindloss