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

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 An inquest found Tuesday that King died by justifiable homicide, a finding his family has disputed. Marlene Lenthang, NBC News, 12 Jan. 2022 Chief Lowe, in a statement last week, stated that the Churna shooting will also be the subject of a coroner’s inquest. Mike Carter, oregonlive, 28 Dec. 2021 During an official inquest weeks later, a soldier described the scene. Thomas Curwen Staff Writer, Los Angeles Times, 5 Dec. 2021 The Norfolk coroner is currently conducting an inquest to determine if the hoard qualifies as treasure, reports Tessa Solomon for ARTnews. David Kindy, Smithsonian Magazine, 5 Nov. 2021 The Sheriff’s Office will hold a coroner’s inquest later this month to present the facts of the incident before a jury, which is expected to draw a conclusion on the manner of death. Rachel Swan, San Francisco Chronicle, 9 Aug. 2021 Until last year, the coroner’s office had not performed an inquest in more than three decades. Jaclyn Cosgrove, Los Angeles Times, 28 Sep. 2021 An inquest in the fatal deputy shooting of Fred Williams III similarly failed to shed new light on what happened. Jaclyn Cosgrove, Los Angeles Times, 28 Sep. 2021 Lovern made the same point last year, during an inquest into Williams' death. Gina Barton, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 23 Aug. 2021

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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 20 Jan. 2022.

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inquest

noun

English Language Learners Definition of inquest

: 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

noun
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

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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