Etymology
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discovery (n.)

1550s (Hakluyt), "fact of discovering what was previously unknown;" see discover + -y (1). Earlier in this sense was discovering (mid-14c.). Meaning "that which is discovered" is from 1630s. Sense "act of revealing" (1580s) preserves the usual Middle English sense of discover but is now obsolete except in the legal sense of "disclosure by a party to an action" (of facts, documents, etc.), attested from 1715.

updated on August 26, 2018

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Definitions of discovery from WordNet

discovery (n.)
the act of discovering something;
Synonyms: find / uncovering
discovery (n.)
something that is discovered;
discovery (n.)
a productive insight;
Synonyms: breakthrough / find
discovery (n.)
(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;
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