Investigation – trying to find out the truth about something, such as a crime, accident, or historical issue via a systematic examination of some intellectual problem or empirical question, as by mathematical treatment or use of the scientific method

investigate:
vb. (16c)

1. To inquire into (a matter) systematically, to make (a suspect) the subject of a criminal inquiry <the police investigated the suspect’s involvement in the murder>.

2. To make an official inquiry <after the judge dismissed the case, the police refused to investigate further>.

investigation:
n.

1. The activity of trying to find out the truth about something, such as a crime, accident, or historical issue; especially, either an authoritative inquiry into certain facts, as by a legislative committee, or a systematic examination of some intellectual problem or empirical question, as by mathematical treatment or use of the scientific method. [1]

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[1]: Black’s Law Dictionary Deluxe Tenth Edition by Henry Campbell Black, Editor in Chief Bryan A. Garner. ISBN: 978-0-314-61300-4

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[2]: Ballantine’s Law Dictionary with Pronunciations
Third Edition
 by James A. Ballantine (James Arthur 1871-1949).  Edited by William S. Anderson.  © 1969 by THE LAWYER’S CO-OPERATIVE PUBLISHING COMPANY.  Library of Congress Catalog Card No. 68-30931

[3]: Ballantine’s Law Dictionary Legal Assistant Edition by Jack Ballantine (James Arthur 1871-1949).  Doctored by Jack G. Handler, J.D. © 1994 Delmar by Thomson Learning.  ISBN 0-8273-4874-6.

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