of or pertaining to an inquisitor or inquisition.
exercising the office of an inquisitor.
3. Law. a.
pertaining to a trial with one person or group inquiring into the facts and acting as both prosecutor and judge.
pertaining to secret criminal prosecutions.
resembling an inquisitor in harshness or intrusiveness.
Origin: 1755–65; Related forms
< Medieval Latin inquīsītōri
) (Latin inquīsītōr-,
stem of inquīsītor inquisitor
adj. suffix) + -al1