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inquest

[in-kwest] /ˈɪn kwɛst/
noun
1.
a legal or judicial inquiry, usually before a jury, especially an investigation made by a coroner into the cause of a death.
2.
the body of people appointed to hold such an inquiry, especially a coroner's jury.
3.
the decision or finding based on such inquiry.
4.
an investigation or examination.
Origin of inquest
1250-1300
1250-1300; Middle English < Medieval Latin inquēsta, equivalent to Latin in- in-2 + quaesīta, plural (taken in ML as feminine singular) of quaesītum question (see quest); replacing Middle English enqueste < Anglo-French < Medieval Latin, as above
Synonyms
1. hearing, inquisition.
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  • 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 Charles Dickens
  • Then, after the inquest, I shall give an order that everything in the attic is to be destroyed.

  • An inquest had been held upon his remains some days before, and he had been buried by the parish.

    Henry Dunbar M. E. Braddon
  • But as to Brigmawl at an inquest, he's about as much good as the Pope of Rome.'

    Henry Dunbar M. E. Braddon
British Dictionary definitions for inquest

inquest

/ˈɪnˌkwɛst/
noun
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
Word Origin
C13: from Medieval Latin inquēsta, from Latin in-² + quaesītus investigation, from quaerere to examine
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Word Origin and History for inquest
n.

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).

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inquest in Medicine

inquest in·quest (ĭn'kwěst')
n.

  1. A legal inquiry into the cause of violent or mysterious death.

  2. The finding based on such an inquiry.

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