Definition of investigative in English:


(also investigatory)

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Pronunciation /inˈvestəˌɡādiv/ /ɪnˈvɛstəˌɡeɪdɪv/


  • 1Of or concerned with investigating something.

    ‘a special investigative committee to look into the strikers' demands’
    • ‘If an investigative committee happens to be struck when the facts speak too loudly to be silenced, it's no big deal.’
    • ‘To reach its conclusions, the investigative committee had to do a bit of digging.’
    • ‘Pressure groups can appear as witnesses at the investigative hearings held by committees of Congress.’
    • ‘The bills include a number of offence and penalty provisions and investigative powers.’
    • ‘The more preliminary investigative work that we can do, the more it benefits the entire field.’
    • ‘It has been unfair at the investigative stage and it has been unfair at the trial stage, not so much the judge but the prosecutor.’
    • ‘This means, both, higher investigative costs and higher extra costs during the trial.’
    • ‘Most of the investigative work of Congress is done through its committee system.’
    • ‘Such draconian methods point to the shortcomings of a cumbersome investigative and judicial system.’
    • ‘It was a good piece of investigative work but would it not have been better for the relevant authorities to have carried out the undercover work?’
    • ‘Bruguire is an investigative magistrate empowered to view French domestic and foreign intelligence material.’
    • ‘Perhaps we should look more towards the investigative systems that operate across the continent.’
    • ‘Danov proposed that the investigative services become part of the police.’
    • ‘The investigative personnel allege that this is consistent with international practice.’
    • ‘Thanks to Graham's excellent investigative skills, surely their time has come?’
    • ‘We do need to make sure that Congress is doing its job of investigative oversight.’
    • ‘Satisfyingly, the audience is allowed to do the investigative work themselves.’
    • ‘A disciplinary panel of judges would need to be established along with an investigative unit.’
    • ‘He also added a detail that had been overlooked in the investigative file.’
    • ‘Then he'll take over as director of security firm Garda's investigative division.’
    1. 1.1(of journalism or a journalist) inquiring intensively into and seeking to expose malpractice, the miscarriage of justice, or other controversial issues.
      • ‘I look forward, in the interests of justice and fearless investigative journalism, to future exposés.’
      • ‘My next novel has a miscarriage of justice case but you won't find an investigative journalist or a copper in the background.’
      • ‘How Bates financed this project is a question that has eluded some of the country's finest investigative business journalists.’
      • ‘The role of an investigative reporter is to expose falsehood wherever it occurs, without fear or favour.’
      • ‘So this was regarded as a pretty fair public interest expose in the best tradition of investigative journalism.’
      • ‘Independent investigative journalism that tries to expose the crimes of the powerful is essential, but on its own it has limits.’
      • ‘It will be delving deep into the big cultural issues and events of the day, with a mix of investigative journalism and reviews.’
      • ‘Ana Arana is an investigative journalist who has reported extensively on Latin America.’
      • ‘Now, add in the fact that investigative journalism is really expensive for newspapers.’
      • ‘Are investigative journalism and conspiracy research two names for the same thing?’
      • ‘Tehelka has defended the actions of its investigative journalists.’
      • ‘A new institute to promote investigative journalism will soon be established in Afghanistan.’
      • ‘If they are that desperate for a news story perhaps some investigative journalism might be in order.’
      • ‘It is based on a true story, framed by an investigative journalist's interview with his elusive subject and told mostly in flashback.’
      • ‘I've always said that the risks in investigative journalism tend to be overstated in Australia.’
      • ‘It might be said that investigative journalism in the British press is alive and well and based on TV programme research.’
      • ‘There is certainly the potential for a chilling effect on investigative journalism and for significant injustice.’
      • ‘We shall be popping round there anytime soon to do some serious Friday afternoon investigative journalism.’
      • ‘It has been suggested that British investigative journalists may be responsible.’
      • ‘We sent award-winning investigative journalist Gregory Smith to ferret out the answers.’
      questioning, inquiring, inquisitive, inquisitorial, probing, searching, quizzing, quizzical, curious, intrigued, investigative



/inˈvestəˌɡādiv/ /ɪnˈvɛstəˌɡeɪdɪv/