ascertain + -ment
ascertainment (countable and uncountable, plural ascertainments)
- The act of ascertaining.
the ascertainment of facts
1647, anonymous author, A Letter Really Written by a Moderate Cavallier to an Intelligent and Moderate Independent of Trust and Credit in the Now Marching Army, London, page 6:
You have a great Worke to doe, to restore Religion and Law, upon which depends the Kings re-enthronement, and re-investure with his just rights, the Parliaments ascertainment of their just power and equall Priviledges, and the peoples restorement to their known Liberties and Properties […]
1758, William Hawkins, Tracts in Divinity, volume 2, Oxford, page 321: […] Mr. Pope himself appears to me […] now and then to have imagin’d Proprieties, or cover’d Defects with a seeming View rather to the Honour of his Author at all Events, than to the precise Ascertainment of Truth.
1819, Walter Scott, chapter 1, in The Bride of Lammermoor, Edinburgh: Archibald Constable, page 15:
[…] I judged it proper that there should be an exact ascertainment of my legal rights by the decree of a court of justice,
1860, George Eliot, The Mill on the Floss, Edinburgh: William Blackwood, Volume 2, Book 4, Chapter 1, p. 151:
[…] does not science tell us that its highest striving is after the ascertainment of a unity which shall bind the smallest things with the greatest?