inquest

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noun in·quest \ˈin-ˌkwest\

Definition of inquest

  1. 1a :  a judicial or official inquiry or examination especially before a jury <a coroner's inquest>b :  a body of people (as a jury) assembled to hold such an inquiryc :  the finding of the jury upon such inquiry or the document recording it

  2. 2 :  inquiry, investigation

Examples of inquest in a sentence

  1. The court has ordered an inquest into his death.

  2. <the police conducted an inquest into the case>

Origin and Etymology 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


INQUEST Defined for English Language Learners

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noun in·quest \ˈin-ˌkwest\

Definition of inquest for English Language Learners

  • law : an official investigation to find the reason for something (such as a person's death)


INQUEST Defined for Kids

inquest

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noun in·quest \ˈin-ˌkwest\

Definition of inquest for Students

  1. :  an official investigation especially into the cause of a death


Medical Dictionary

inquest

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noun in·quest \ˈin-ˌkwest\

Medical Definition of inquest

  1. :  a judicial or official inquiry especially before a jury to determine the cause of a violent or unexpected death <a coroner's inquest>


Law Dictionary

inquest

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noun in·quest \ˈin-ˌkwest\

Legal Definition of inquest

  1. 1 :  a judicial or official inquiry or examination often before a jury <a coroner's inquest> — compare trial

  2. 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 and Etymology 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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