noun Etymology: Middle English, from Anglo-French enqueste, from Vulgar Latin *inquaesta, feminine of *inquaestus, past participle of *inquaerere to inquire Date: 13th century 1. a. a judicial or official inquiry or examination especially before a jury <
a coroner's inquest
b. a body of people (as a jury) assembled to hold such an inquiry c. the finding of the jury upon such inquiry or the document recording it 2. inquiry, investigation

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

, (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 — 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 …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 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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