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discovery

[dih-skuhv-uh-ree] /dɪˈskʌv ə ri/
noun, plural discoveries.
1.
the act or an instance of discovering.
2.
something discovered.
3.
Law. compulsory disclosure, as of facts or documents.
4.
(initial capital letter, italics) U.S. Aerospace. the third space shuttle to orbit and return to earth.
Origin
1545-1555
1545-55; discover + -y3
Related forms
nondiscovery, noun, plural nondiscoveries.
prediscovery, noun, plural prediscoveries.
rediscovery, noun, plural rediscoveries.
self-discovery, noun, plural self-discoveries.
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British Dictionary definitions for prediscovery

discovery

/dɪˈskʌvərɪ/
noun (pl) -eries
1.
the act, process, or an instance of discovering
2.
a person, place, or thing that has been discovered
3.
(law) the compulsory disclosure by a party to an action of relevant documents in his possession
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Word Origin and History for prediscovery
discovery
1550s, from discover + -y (1). Earlier in this sense was discovering (mid-14c.).
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