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- discoverie (obsolete)
Derived from the verb discover, on the pattern of the pair recover, recovery. Displaced native Old English onfundennes.
discovery (countable and uncountable, plural discoveries)
- Something discovered.
- This latest discovery should eventually lead to much better treatments for disease.
- (uncountable) The discovering of new things.
- The purpose of the voyage was discovery.
- Automatic discovery of RSS feeds by a Web browser.
- 1589, Richard Hakluyt, “Iohn Cabots Patent”, in The Principall Navigations, Voiages, and Discoveries of the English Nation, […], London: […] George Bishop and Ralph Newberie, deputies to Christopher Barker, […], →OCLC, page 509:
- The letters patents of king Henry the ſeuenth granted vnto Iohn Cabot and his three ſonnes, Lewis, Sebastian, and Sancius, for the discouerie of new and vnknowen lands.
- (countable, archaic) An act of uncovering or revealing something; a revelation.
- 1822, Alain René Le Sage, The Adventures of Gil Blas of Santillane:
- Don Huberto actually fell in love with his kinswoman, and had presumption enough to declare his passion […] The lady being a woman of discretion, instead of making a discovery, which might have been attended with melancholy consequences, reprimanded her relation with gentleness […]
- (law, uncountable) A pre-trial phase in which evidence is gathered.
- The prosecution moved to suppress certain items turned up during discovery.
- (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.
the discovering of new things
legal: pre-trial phase in which evidence is gathered
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