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investigation

[in-ves-ti-gey-shuh n] /ɪnˌvɛs tɪˈgeɪ ʃən/
noun
1.
the act or process of investigating or the condition of being investigated.
2.
a searching inquiry for ascertaining facts; detailed or careful examination.
Origin
late Middle English
1400-1450
1400-50; late Middle English investigacio(u)n < Latin investīgātiōn- (stem of investīgātiō). See investigate, -ion
Related forms
investigational, adjective
preinvestigation, noun
reinvestigation, noun
Synonyms
1, 2. scrutiny, exploration. Investigation, examination, inquiry, research express the idea of an active effort to find out something. An investigation is a systematic, minute, and thorough attempt to learn the facts about something complex or hidden; it is often formal and official: an investigation of a bank failure. An examination is an orderly attempt to obtain information about or to make a test of something, often something presented for observation: a physical examination. An inquiry is an investigation made by asking questions rather than by inspection, or by study of available evidence: an inquiry into a proposed bond issue. Research is careful and sustained investigation.
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British Dictionary definitions for preinvestigation

investigation

/ɪnˌvɛstɪˈɡeɪʃən/
noun
1.
the act or process of investigating; a careful search or examination in order to discover facts, etc
Derived Forms
investigational, adjective
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Word Origin and History for preinvestigation

investigation

n.

early 15c., from Old French investigacion (14c.), from Latin investigationem (nominative investigatio) "a searching into, a searching for," noun of action from past participle stem of investigare "to trace out, search after," from in- "in, into" (see in- (2)) + vestigare "to track, trace," from vestigium "footprint, track" (see vestige).

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