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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His questions throughout the inquest were somewhat less than probing. Olivia B. Waxman, Time, "The True Story Behind the Movie Chappaquiddick," 6 Apr. 2018 Though a coroner's inquest ruled Ellingson's death an accident in September 2014, a special prosecutor charged Piercy with involuntary manslaughter in December 2015. Laura Bauer, kansascity, "Brandon Ellingson’s father makes emotional plea to bar ex-trooper from working as cop," 27 June 2018 The inquest cited errors and omissions by the police in planning and executing security for a crucial match between Liverpool and Nottingham Forest on April 15, 1989, and left prosecutors to decide whether to file charges against the police. Michael Wolgelenter, New York Times, "Hillsborough Police Commander Faces Trial in 95 Soccer Deaths," 29 June 2018 This issue is tested through coronial inquests in which the presiding coroner will make a determination about whether the shooting was justified. Lindsey Bever, Washington Post, "Australian mother recounts ‘tremendous loss’ after mentally ill daughter was killed by police," 16 Apr. 2018 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

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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

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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

History and Etymology for 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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