Simple Definition of inquest
law : an official investigation to find the reason for something (such as a person's death)
Examples of inquest in a sentence
The court has ordered an inquest into his death.
<the police conducted an inquest into the case>
Origin of inquest
Middle English, from Anglo-French enqueste, from Vulgar Latin *inquaesta, feminine of *inquaestus, past participle of *inquaerere to inquire
First Known Use: 13th century
Rhymes with inquest
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INQUEST Defined for Kids
Definition of inquest for Students
: an official investigation especially into the cause of a death
Medical Definition of inquest
: a judicial or official inquiry especially before a jury to determine the cause of a violent or unexpected death <a coroner's inquest>
Legal Definition of inquest
1 : a judicial or official inquiry or examination often before a jury <a coroner's inquest> — compare trial
2 : a body of people (as a jury) assembled to hold a judicial or official inquiry; also : the finding of such an inquiry or the document recording it
Origin of inquest
Anglo-French enqueste, from Old French, ultimately from Latin inquirere to ask about, from in- within, into + quaerere to seek
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