inquest

noun
in·quest | \ ˈin-ˌkwest \

Definition of inquest 

1a : a judicial or official inquiry or examination especially before a jury a coroner's inquest

b : a body of people (such as a jury) assembled to hold such an inquiry

c : the finding of the jury upon such inquiry or the document recording it

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Examples of inquest in a Sentence

The court has ordered an inquest into his death. the police conducted an inquest into the case

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And, if that happens there won’t be any of the great inquests of the past. Martin Rogers, USA TODAY, "England breathes sigh of relief after uninspired win against lowly Tunisia," 18 June 2018 Many people were convinced that racists had thrown a firebomb in the window, but a police inquest was inconclusive and no charges were brought. Ellen Barry, The Seattle Times, "What the royal bride-to-be means to black Londoners," 14 May 2018 Many people were convinced that racists had thrown a firebomb in the window, but a police inquest was inconclusive and no charges were brought. Ellen Barry, BostonGlobe.com, "Royal bride-to-be lifts young black Londoners," 12 May 2018 Many people were convinced that racists had thrown a firebomb in the window, but a police inquest was inconclusive and no charges were brought. Ellen Barry, New York Times, "What Meghan Markle Means to Black Britons," 12 May 2018 Justice Boyle’s handling of the inquest findings was inconclusive. Olivia B. Waxman, Time, "The True Story Behind the Movie Chappaquiddick," 6 Apr. 2018 An official inquest focused on the theater owners, the architect, and city officials, who in turn were quick to point fingers, including at the victims themselves. Francine Uenuma, Smithsonian, "The Iroquois Theater Disaster Killed Hundreds and Changed Fire Safety Forever," 12 June 2018 With a mix of panic and shock engulfing the Dutch, Spain held on for a famous win as inquests were held across the pitch with referee Webb. SI.com, "World Cup Countdown: 4 Days to Go - When Oranje Ditched Total Football in 2010 to Near-Perfection," 10 June 2018 Franklin County Coroner Dan Blasdel pushed for two years to hold a public inquest into the death. Wendy Culverwell, The Seattle Times, "Daughters of man killed by Pasco police to split $500K in settlement," 28 May 2018

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First Known Use of inquest

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for inquest

Middle English, from Anglo-French enqueste, from Vulgar Latin *inquaesta, feminine of *inquaestus, past participle of *inquaerere to inquire

Anglo-French enqueste, from Old French, ultimately from Latin inquirere to ask about, from in- within, into + quaerere to seek

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inquest

noun

English Language Learners Definition of inquest

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

inquest

noun
in·quest | \ ˈin-ˌkwest \

Kids Definition of inquest

: an official investigation especially into the cause of a death

inquest

noun
in·quest | \ ˈin-ˌkwest \

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

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inquest

noun
in·quest | \ ˈin-ˌkwest \

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

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