inquest

noun
in·​quest | \ ˈin-ˌkwest How to pronounce inquest (audio) \

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
Recent Examples on the Web Small revelations fly like sparks from an anvil; Ms. Gyasi arrives at no clear answers, but the brilliance and tenacity of her inquest provide their own justification. Sam Sacks, WSJ, "Fiction: Memento Mori," 24 Dec. 2020 Authorities agreed to begin a formal inquest, which started almost exactly a year ago on Dec. 17, 2019. Michael Ruiz, Fox News, "Air pollution officially blamed for little girl's death in UK 7 years after she died," 17 Dec. 2020 Last month, the coroner ordered the inquest in Guardado's death -- the first in Los Angeles in more than three decades. Sarah Moon And Cheri Mossburg, CNN, "Two LA County sheriff's deputies involved in the fatal shooting of Andres Guardado relieved of duties following unrelated investigation," 12 Dec. 2020 The inquest was recommended by the Board of Supervisors earlier this year amid nationwide protests over police brutality, with Guardado’s shooting reigniting calls for accountability and transparency within the department. Alene Tchekmedyian Staff Writer, Los Angeles Times, "Four L.A. County sheriff’s officials refuse to testify in Andres Guardado inquest," 30 Nov. 2020 The inquest is being held via video-conferencing due to the coronavirus pandemic. Eileen Ng, Star Tribune, "Dad: Teen, found dead in Malaysia, couldn't survive jungle," 12 Nov. 2020 That all ended last summer, and today German lawmakers are stepping up their inquest into the affair, grilling witnesses at regular virtual hearings. Andrew Stuttaford, National Review, "The Capital Note: Destroying the Town to Save it — Lockdown Update," 12 Nov. 2020 The Medical Examiner-Coroner will subpoena witnesses and relevant documents to present at the inquest, which begins on Nov. 30. Madeline Holcombe, CNN, "Los Angeles coroner orders inquest in Andres Guardado's death -- the first in 3 decades," 11 Nov. 2020 This adaptation stretches the inquest over several days with Favell coming to the house to blackmail Max before a verdict is reached. Maureen Lee Lenker, EW.com, "The major differences between Rebecca the book and the movie," 22 Oct. 2020

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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.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/inquest. Accessed 19 Jan. 2021.

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More Definitions for inquest

inquest

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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 How to pronounce inquest (audio) \

Kids Definition of inquest

: an official investigation especially into the cause of a death

inquest

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in·​quest | \ ˈin-ˌkwest How to pronounce inquest (audio) \

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 How to pronounce inquest (audio) \

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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