Inquest of office
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.

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  • inquest of office — In old English practice, an inquiry made by the king s (or the queen s) officer, his sheriff, coroner, or escheator, virtute officii, or by writ sent to them for that purpose, or by commissioners specially appointed, concerning any matter that… …   Black's law dictionary

  • inquest of office — In old English practice, an inquiry made by the king s (or the queen s) officer, his sheriff, coroner, or escheator, virtute officii, or by writ sent to them for that purpose, or by commissioners specially appointed, concerning any matter that… …   Black's law dictionary

  • inquest of office — An inquiry made by a jury before a sheriff, coroner, escheator, or other government officer, or by commissioners specially appointed, concerning any matter that entitled the sovereign to the possession of lands or tenements, goods or chattels, by …   Ballentine's law dictionary

  • inquest of office — an inquiry made by authority or direction of the proper officer into matters (as escheat of lands) affecting the rights and interests of the crown or of the state …   Useful english dictionary

  • inquest of title — A trial of the title to goods levied upon by a sheriff; not a judicial proceeding or part of a judicial proceeding merely an inquest of office to indemnify the sheriff in making his return to the writ. 47 Am J1st Sher § 153 …   Ballentine's law dictionary

  • Houses of office — Office Of fice, n. [F., fr. L. officium, for opificium; ops ability, wealth, help + facere to do or make. See {Opulent}, {Fact}.] 1. That which a person does, either voluntarily or by appointment, for, or with reference to, others; customary duty …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Office — Of fice, n. [F., fr. L. officium, for opificium; ops ability, wealth, help + facere to do or make. See {Opulent}, {Fact}.] 1. That which a person does, either voluntarily or by appointment, for, or with reference to, others; customary duty, or a… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Office bearer — Office Of fice, n. [F., fr. L. officium, for opificium; ops ability, wealth, help + facere to do or make. See {Opulent}, {Fact}.] 1. That which a person does, either voluntarily or by appointment, for, or with reference to, others; customary duty …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Office copy — Office Of fice, n. [F., fr. L. officium, for opificium; ops ability, wealth, help + facere to do or make. See {Opulent}, {Fact}.] 1. That which a person does, either voluntarily or by appointment, for, or with reference to, others; customary duty …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Office holder — Office Of fice, n. [F., fr. L. officium, for opificium; ops ability, wealth, help + facere to do or make. See {Opulent}, {Fact}.] 1. That which a person does, either voluntarily or by appointment, for, or with reference to, others; customary duty …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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