- pertaining to a trial with one person or group inquiring into the facts and acting as both prosecutor and judge.
- pertaining to secret criminal prosecutions.
Origin of inquisitorial
OTHER WORDS FROM inquisitorialin·quis·i·to·ri·al·ly, adverbin·quis·i·to·ri·al·ness, nounun·in·quis·i·to·ri·al, adjectiveun·in·quis·i·to·ri·al·ly, adverb
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How to use inquisitorial in a sentence
By contrast, the European system is described as "inquisitorial."
So Rangel, bereft of that narrative, chose instead to question the intelligence of a pesky, inquisitorial journalist.
But conversation will not bear such inquisitorial pinning down to a particular point.
This was merely a modified form of the inquisitorial principle which reigned more openly in other countries.Mauprat|George Sand
But neither Scrooby, nor any other place, was secure from the inquisitorial interference of the high church functionaries.
Casting a quick, inquisitorial glance at Sue, he shrugged his shoulders in token of indifference and said no more.The Nest of the Sparrowhawk|Baroness Orczy
Fire, not water, became the grand element of inquisitorial purification.Gatherings From Spain|Richard Ford