court of inquiry

noun phrase

: a military court that inquires into and reports on some military matter (such as an officer's questionable conduct)

Examples of court of inquiry in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Which seems an odd determination from a court of inquiry about the shipboard officers’ council, which was fairly clearly a kangaroo court. Howard Schneider, National Review, 21 Dec. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1757, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of court of inquiry was in 1757

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“Court of inquiry.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/court%20of%20inquiry. Accessed 22 Jul. 2024.

Legal Definition

court of inquiry

: a military court that inquires into and reports on some military matter (as an officer's questionable conduct)
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