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inquisitorial

[in-kwiz-i-tawr-ee-uh l, -tohr-] /ɪnˌkwɪz ɪˈtɔr i əl, -ˈtoʊr-/
adjective
1.
of or pertaining to an inquisitor or inquisition.
2.
exercising the office of an inquisitor.
3.
Law.
  1. pertaining to a trial with one person or group inquiring into the facts and acting as both prosecutor and judge.
  2. pertaining to secret criminal prosecutions.
4.
resembling an inquisitor in harshness or intrusiveness.
5.
inquisitive; prying.
Origin
1755-1765
1755-65; < Medieval Latin inquīsītōri(us) (Latin inquīsītōr-, stem of inquīsītor inquisitor + -ius adj. suffix) + -al1
Related forms
inquisitorially, adverb
inquisitorialness, noun
uninquisitorial, adjective
uninquisitorially, adverb
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inquisitorial

/ɪnˌkwɪzɪˈtɔːrɪəl/
adjective
1.
of, relating to, or resembling inquisition or an inquisitor
2.
offensively curious; prying
3.
(law) denoting criminal procedure in which one party is both prosecutor and judge, or in which the trial is held in secret Compare accusatorial (sense 2)
Derived Forms
inquisitorially, adverb
inquisitorialness, noun
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