In-quest

inquest

[in-kwest]
noun
1.
a legal or judicial inquiry, usually before a jury, especially an investigation made by a coroner into the cause of a death.
2.
the body of people appointed to hold such an inquiry, especially a coroner's jury.
3.
the decision or finding based on such inquiry.
4.
an investigation or examination.

Origin:
1250–1300; Middle English < Medieval Latin inquēsta, equivalent to Latin in- in-2 + quaesīta, plural (taken in ML as feminine singular) of quaesītum question (see quest); replacing Middle English enqueste < Anglo-French < Medieval Latin, as above


1. hearing, inquisition.
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inquest (ˈɪnˌkwɛst)
 
n
1.  an inquiry into the cause of an unexplained, sudden, or violent death, or as to whether or not property constitutes treasure trove, held by a coroner, in certain cases with a jury
2.  informal any inquiry or investigation
 
[C13: from Medieval Latin inquēsta, from Latin in-² + quaesītus investigation, from quaerere to examine]

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inquest
late 13c., an-queste "legal or judicial inquiry," from O.Fr. enqueste "inquiry," from fem. pp. of V.L. *inquirere "inquire" (see inquire).
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inquest in·quest (ĭn'kwěst')
n.

  1. A legal inquiry into the cause of violent or mysterious death.

  2. The finding based on such an inquiry.

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