- a legal or judicial inquiry, usually before a jury, especially an investigation made by a coroner into the cause of a death.
- the body of people appointed to hold such an inquiry, especially a coroner's jury.
- the decision or finding based on such inquiry.
- an investigation or examination.
Origin of inquest
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Examples from the Web for inquest
That is a fact recorded by the doctor in charge of the ambulance at the inquest.Harry’s Daddy, and Diana’s ‘Murder’: Royal Rumors In a New Play
January 4, 2015
At last month's inquest, Coroner Fiona Wilcox concluded Mrs Saldanha had taken her own life.Kate Prank Call DJ Tells of Death Threats
October 13, 2014
He told senior officials that an inquest was not powerful enough to handle the kind of allegations he needed to explore.Brits Investigate Assassination of the Spy Who Warned Us About Putin
July 22, 2014
At an inquest in May, DCI Paul Fotheringham of Kent Police said recent heroin use was likely to have played a role in her death.Peaches Geldof's Tragic Last Interview: "I’m going to die like my mother."
June 20, 2014
Peaches Geldof died of a heroin overdose,an inquest heard today.Peaches Geldof Died Of Heroin Overdose
May 1, 2014
The twentieth brought a button-hole, and over this the inquest was held.
Firstly, to observe that the Inquest was not held in that place, but at some distance off.The Uncommercial Traveller
Then, after the inquest, I shall give an order that everything in the attic is to be destroyed.Jennie Baxter, Journalist
An inquest had been held upon his remains some days before, and he had been buried by the parish.
But as to Brigmawl at an inquest, he's about as much good as the Pope of Rome.'
- 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
- informal any inquiry or investigation
Word Origin and History for inquest
late 13c., an-queste "legal or judicial inquiry," from Old French enqueste "inquiry," from Vulgar Latin *inquaestia (cf. Italian inchiesta), from fem. past participle of Vulgar Latin *inquirere "inquire" (see inquire).
- A legal inquiry into the cause of violent or mysterious death.
- The finding based on such an inquiry.