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

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The Swiss authorities began an inquest that lasted three days. Mark Jenkins, National Geographic, "How the pursuit of one European peak gave rise to modern mountaineering," 1 Aug. 2019 At some point, a coroner’s inquest will review the death in a hearing where involved officers will be called to testify. Rick Hurd, The Mercury News, "Coroner ID’s East Bay man killed in police chase," 30 July 2019 Investigators will testify about their findings in April as part of a coroner’s inquest to determine the manners of death of each family member. Molly Young, The Seattle Times, "Hart family crash: Where the case stands one year later," 25 Mar. 2019 Despite strong belief in the suicide theory, especially in the media, an inquest later found that Maxwell died from a heart attack and drowning. Ben Widdicombe, Town & Country, "Ghislaine Maxwell, Jeffrey Epstein's Alleged Madam, Has Spent Her Life in the Headlines," 10 July 2019 Of the seven officers who were part of the inquest, four have been terminated or, in the case of school resource officer Scot Peterson, arrested. CNN, "Broward County terminates two more officers for Parkland shooting response," 26 June 2019 The Ely court records offer a remarkably rich array of depositions, jury lists, inquests and examinations, which are helping experts learn more about historic crime trends and the application of justice within Ely’s court system. Brigit Katz, Smithsonian, "Trove of English Court Records Reveal Stories of Murder, Witchcraft, Cheese Theft," 14 June 2019 Instead of holding Trump responsible for his statements, Fox News anchors demanded an inquest into how Stephanopoulos, a journalist who once worked in the Clinton White House, received so much access to the President. John Cassidy, The New Yorker, "The Stephanopoulos Interview Is Another Fine Mess for Trump," 15 June 2019 At the inquest, a jury of 14 will decide the manner of death for each family member. Lauren Smiley, Glamour, "Sarah Hart Was ‘Intoxicated’: Everything We’ve Learned So Far About the Hart Family From the Coroner’s Inquest," 5 Apr. 2019

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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 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

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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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