inquest

noun in·quest \ ˈin-ˌkwest \

Definition of inquest

1 a :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

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

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Origin and Etymology of inquest

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


INQUEST Defined for English Language Learners

inquest

noun

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

noun in·quest \ ˈin-ˌkwest \

Definition of inquest for Students

:an official investigation especially into the cause of a death

Medical Dictionary

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

Law Dictionary

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

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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