Inquest In"quest, n. [OE. enqueste, OF. enqueste, F. enqu[^e]te, LL. inquesta, for inquisita, fr. L. inquisitus, p. p. of inquirere. See {Inquire}.] 1. Inquiry; quest; search. [R.] --Spenser. [1913 Webster]

The laborious and vexatious inquest that the soul must make after science. --South. [1913 Webster]

2. (Law) (a) Judicial inquiry; official examination, esp. before a jury; as, a coroner's inquest in case of a sudden death. (b) A body of men assembled under authority of law to inquire into any matter, civil or criminal, particularly any case of violent or sudden death; a jury, particularly a coroner's jury. The grand jury is sometimes called the grand inquest. See under {Grand}. (c) The finding of the jury upon such inquiry. [1913 Webster]

{Coroner's inquest}, an inquest held by a coroner to determine the cause of any violent, sudden, or mysterious death. See {Coroner}.

{Inquest of office}, an inquiry made, by authority or direction of proper officer, into matters affecting the rights and interests of the crown or of the state. --Craig. Bouvier. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

, (especially by a coroner) / (particularly a coroner's jury)

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  • inquest — in·quest / in ˌkwest/ n [Anglo French enqueste, from Old French, ultimately from Latin inquirere to ask about, from in within, into + quaerere to seek] 1: a judicial or official inquiry or examination often before a jury a coroner s inquest… …   Law dictionary

  • inquest — late 13c., an queste legal or judicial inquiry, from O.Fr. enqueste inquiry, from V.L. *inquaestia (Cf. It. inchiesta), from fem. pp. of V.L. *inquirere inquire (see INQUIRE (Cf. inquire)) …   Etymology dictionary

  • inquest — investigation, probe, inquiry, inquisition, research Analogous words: examination, inspection, scrutiny, audit (see under SCRUTINIZE): questioning, interrogation, catechizing, examining (see corresponding verbs at ASK) …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • inquest — [n] investigation delving, examination, hearing, inquiry, inquisition, probe, probing, quest, research, trial; concepts 48,290,318 Ant. conclusion, findings …   New thesaurus

  • inquest — ► NOUN 1) a judicial inquiry to ascertain the facts relating to an incident. 2) Brit. an inquiry by a coroner s court into the cause of a death. ORIGIN Old French enqueste, from Latin inquirere, from quaerere speak …   English terms dictionary

  • inquest — [in′kwest΄] n. [ME enqueste < OFr < VL * inquaesita, fem. pp. of * inquaerere: see INQUIRE] 1. a judicial inquiry, as a coroner s investigation of a death 2. the jury or group holding such an inquiry 3. the verdict of such an inquiry …   English World dictionary

  • inquest — noun (esp. BrE) investigation into cause of death ADJECTIVE ▪ full ▪ fresh ▪ coroner s VERB + INQUEST ▪ conduct, hold …   Collocations dictionary

  • Inquest — For other uses, see Inquest (disambiguation). An inquest is a judicial investigation in common law jurisdictions, conducted by a judge, jury, or government official. The most common kind of inquest is an inquiry including a medical examination by …   Wikipedia

  • inquest — UK [ˈɪŋkwest] / US [ˈɪŋˌkwest] noun [countable] Word forms inquest : singular inquest plural inquests 1) an official attempt by a court to find the cause of someone s death inquest into: an inquest into the death of her husband hold an inquest:… …   English dictionary

  • inquest — n. 1) to conduct, hold an inquest 2) a coroner s; formal inquest 3) an inquest into * * * [ ɪnkwest] formal inquest hold aninquest a coroner s an inquest into to conduct …   Combinatory dictionary

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