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inquest

[ in-kwest ]
/ ˈɪn kwɛst /
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noun

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.

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Origin of inquest

First recorded in 1250–1300; Middle English, from Medieval Latin inquēsta, equivalent to Latin in- + quaesīta, plural (taken in Medieval Latin as feminine singular) of quaesītum “question”; replacing Middle English enqueste, from Anglo-French, from Medieval Latin, as above; see in-2, quest
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British Dictionary definitions for inquest

inquest
/ (ˈɪnˌkwɛst) /

noun

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 for inquest

C13: from Medieval Latin inquēsta, from Latin in- ² + quaesītus investigation, from quaerere to examine
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Medical definitions for inquest

inquest
[ ĭnkwĕst′ ]

n.

A legal inquiry into the cause of violent or mysterious death.
The finding based on such an inquiry.
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