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Definitions for inquest
ˈɪn kwɛstin·quest

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. inquestnoun

    an inquiry into the cause of an unexpected death


  1. inquestnoun

    A formal investigation, often held before a jury, especially one into the cause of a death.

  2. inquestnoun

    The jury hearing such an enquiry, and the result of the enquiry.

  3. Etymology: From enqueste (Modern French enquête), from.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Inquestnoun

    Etymology: enqueste, French; inquisitio, Latin.

    What confusion of face shall we be under, when that grand inquest begins; when an account of our opportunities of doing good, and a particular of our use or misuse of them is given in? Francis Atterbury, Sermons.

    This is the laborious and vexatious inquest that the soul must make after science. Robert South, Sermons.


  1. Inquest

    An inquest is a judicial inquiry in common law jurisdictions, particularly one held to determine the cause of a person's death. Conducted by a judge, jury, or government official, an inquest may or may not require an autopsy carried out by a coroner or medical examiner. Generally, inquests are conducted only when deaths are sudden or unexplained. An inquest may be called at the behest of a coroner, judge, prosecutor, or, in some jurisdictions, upon a formal request from the public. A coroner's jury may be convened to assist in this type of proceeding. Inquest can also mean such a jury and the result of such an investigation. In general usage, inquest is also used to mean any investigation or inquiry. An inquest uses witnesses, but suspects are not permitted to defend themselves. The verdict can be, for example, natural death, accidental death, misadventure, suicide, or murder. If the verdict is murder or culpable accident, criminal prosecution may follow, and suspects are able to defend themselves there. Since juries are not used in most European civil law systems, these do not have any (jury) procedure similar to an inquest, but medical evidence and professional witnesses have been used in court in continental Europe for centuries.Larger inquests can be held into disasters, or in some jurisdictions (not England and Wales) into cases of corruption.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Inquestnoun

    inquiry; quest; search

  2. Inquestnoun

    judicial inquiry; official examination, esp. before a jury; as, a coroner's inquest in case of a sudden death

  3. Inquestnoun

    a body of men assembled under authority of law to inquire into any matterm civil or criminal, particularly any case of violent or sudden death; a jury, particularly a coroner's jury. The grand jury is sometimes called the grand inquest. See under Grand

  4. Inquestnoun

    the finding of the jury upon such inquiry

  5. Etymology: [OE. enqueste, OF. enqueste, F. enqute, LL. inquesta, for inquisita, fr. L. inquisitus, p. p. of inquirere. See Inquire.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Inquest

    in′kwest, n. act of inquiring: search: judicial inquiry before a jury into any matter, esp. any case of violent or sudden death. [O. Fr. enqueste—L. inquisita (res)—inquirĕre, to inquire.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of inquest in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of inquest in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

Examples of inquest in a Sentence

  1. Miles Goslett:

    A coroner is independent of the government, a coroner’s inquest goes into an investigation with an open mind, they don’t go into it to prove a thesis. A public inquiry into this man’s death was to prove a thesis, that he killed himself. It was a whitewash, a travesty.

  2. Trevor Botting:

    In the Turks and Caicos Islands, as in the United Kingdom, it is customary and best practice for an inquest to be held either at the conclusion of a murder investigation, or where an investigation has exhausted all the avenues of inquiry or any related criminal court proceedings have concluded, otherwise, any police investigation or a fair criminal trial is in danger of being compromised by a premature inquest, thereby potentially denying justice for the deceased and their loved ones.

  3. Helen Rowland:

    Love, the quest; marriage, the conquest; divorce, the inquest.

  4. Justice Robert H. Jackson:

    Our forefathers found the evils of free thinking more to be endured than the evils of inquest or suppression. This is because thoughtful, bold and independent minds are essential to the wise and considered self-government.

  5. Karen Koehler:

    Charleena Lyles ' family rejects the ultimate findings from the inquest jury today, the process focused only on the officers' states of mind. Not on Charleena Lyles '.

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