Writ of inquiry
Inquiry In*quir"y, n.; pl. {Inquiries}. [See {Inquire}.] [Written also {enquiry}.] 1. The act of inquiring; a seeking for information by asking questions; interrogation; a question or questioning. [1913 Webster]

He could no path nor track of foot descry, Nor by inquiry learn, nor guess by aim. --Spenser. [1913 Webster]

The men which were sent from Cornelius had made inquiry for Simon's house, and stood before the gate. --Acts x. 17. [1913 Webster]

2. Search for truth, information, or knowledge; examination into facts or principles; research; investigation; as, physical inquiries. [1913 Webster]

All that is wanting to the perfection of this art will undoubtedly be found, if able men . . . will make inquiry into it. --Dryden. [1913 Webster]

{Court of inquiry}. See under {Court}.

{Writ of inquiry}, a writ issued in certain actions at law, where the defendant has suffered judgment to pass against him by default, in order to ascertain and assess the plaintiff's damages, where they can not readily be ascertained by mere calculation. --Burrill.

Syn: Interrogation; interrogatory; question; query; scrutiny; investigation; research; examination. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • writ of inquiry — A writ for the assessment of damages by the sheriff and a jury. Our courts possess the same power to assess damages as a jury in England upon a writ of inquiry, issued to the sheriff for that purpose. There, in these cases, the court must issue a …   Ballentine's law dictionary

  • writ of inquiry — a writ issued in an action at law where the defendant has suffered judgment to pass against him by default in order to ascertain and assess the plaintiff s damages where they cannot readily be ascertained by mere calculation * * * writ of inquiry …   Useful english dictionary

  • writ of inquiry — In common law practice, a writ which issued after the plaintiff in an action had obtained a judgment by default, on an unliquidated claim, directing the sheriff, with the aid of a jury, to inquire into the amount of the plaintiffs demand and… …   Black's law dictionary

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  • writ of review — A writ which is substantially the common law writ of certiorari and is denominated in the codes a special proceeding. The return to the writ brings up the record of the inferior court, officer, of tribunal, not for the purpose of ascertaining an… …   Ballentine's law dictionary

  • inquiry, writ of — A common law writ (now obsolete), sued out by a plaintiff in a case where the defendant had let the proceedings go by default, and an interlocutory judgment had been given for damages generally, where the damages did not admit of calculation. It… …   Black's law dictionary

  • inquiry, writ of — A common law writ (now obsolete), sued out by a plaintiff in a case where the defendant had let the proceedings go by default, and an interlocutory judgment had been given for damages generally, where the damages did not admit of calculation. It… …   Black's law dictionary

  • Court of inquiry — Inquiry In*quir y, n.; pl. {Inquiries}. [See {Inquire}.] [Written also {enquiry}.] 1. The act of inquiring; a seeking for information by asking questions; interrogation; a question or questioning. [1913 Webster] He could no path nor track of foot …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • writ — / rit/ n [Old English, something written] 1: a letter that was issued in the name of the English monarch from Anglo Saxon times to declare his grants, wishes, and commands 2: an order or mandatory process in writing issued in the name of the… …   Law dictionary

  • Inquiry — In*quir y, n.; pl. {Inquiries}. [See {Inquire}.] [Written also {enquiry}.] 1. The act of inquiring; a seeking for information by asking questions; interrogation; a question or questioning. [1913 Webster] He could no path nor track of foot descry …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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