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 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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  • Court of Inquiry — Court Court (k[=o]rt), n. [OF. court, curt, cort, F. cour, LL. cortis, fr. L. cohors, cors, chors, gen. cohortis, cortis, chortis, an inclosure, court, thing inclosed, crowd, throng; co + a root akin to Gr. chorto s inclosure, feeding place, and… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • court of inquiry — court of inquiry: a military court that inquires into and reports on some military matter (as an officer s questionable conduct) Merriam Webster’s Dictionary of Law. Merriam Webster. 1996 …   Law dictionary

  • court of inquiry — courts of inquiry N COUNT A court of inquiry is a group of people who are officially appointed to investigate a serious accident or incident, or an official investigation into a serious accident or incident. [mainly BRIT] On January 17, Daniels… …   English dictionary

  • court of inquiry — a military court to inquire into and report on some military matter (as the conduct of an officer) * * * ˌcourt of inˈquiry f10 [court of inquiry] (also ˌcourt of enˈquiry) noun (pl …   Useful english dictionary

  • Court of Inquiry — In English law, a court sometimes appointed by the crown to ascertain whether it be proper to resort to extreme measures against a person charged before a court martial. Also a court for hearing the complaints of private soldiers. In American law …   Black's law dictionary

  • Court of Inquiry — In English law, a court sometimes appointed by the crown to ascertain whether it be proper to resort to extreme measures against a person charged before a court martial. Also a court for hearing the complaints of private soldiers. In American law …   Black's law dictionary

  • Court of Inquiry — Das Court of Inquiry war ein alliiertes Untersuchungsgericht, das zur Ahndung von Kriegsverbrechen bei den Supreme Headquarters Allied Expeditionary Force (SHAEF) im August 1944 eingerichtet wurde. Dort unterstand es der 1. Generalstabsabteilung… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • court of inquiry — court of in quiry plural courts of inquiry n BrE a group of people chosen to discover the facts about something such as a serious accident →↑grand jury …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • court of inquiry — court′ of in′quiry n. mil a military board created to investigate and report on certain matters, as an accusation against an officer …   From formal English to slang

  • court of inquiry — A court convened by the President of the United States for a preliminary investigation of charges preferred against a soldier or an officer of the armed services. 36 Am J1st Mil § 90 …   Ballentine's law dictionary

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