|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 |
inquest in·quest (ĭn'kwěst')
A legal inquiry into the cause of violent or mysterious death.
The finding based on such an inquiry.
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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