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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inquest

judicial inquiry by a group of persons appointed by a court. The most common type is the inquest set up to investigate a death apparently occasioned by unnatural means. Witnesses are examined, and a special jury returns a verdict on the cause of death. In England inquests are also required when there is loss or injury in a fire. The inquest is confined to common-law jurisdictions that have a coroner system

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Example sentences
No information will be released on any cases until the inquest is held and investigation is complete.
By law, no official inquest could be held without a body.
At the inquest, the judge shall preside and the county attorney shall conduct the inquest on behalf of the state.
The coroner may adjourn the inquest from time to time as he or she may deem necessary.
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