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A judicial inquiry to ascertain the facts relating to an incident.
- ‘There have been 150 questions asked at an inquest and a criminal trial.’
- ‘The costs could continue to rise as the Ministry of Defence is considering applying for a judicial review of the inquest.’
- ‘When being questioned in the inquest to this last incident, he is said to have given what I consider to be his most infamous saying yet.’
- ‘The inquest into last week's incident has already had an adverse effect on the clubs, whose officials have been reprimanded for speaking to the press.’
- ‘In her opinion the incidents described at the inquest were not necessarily related to the school, but had links with the local community.’
- 1.1British An inquiry by a coroner's court into the cause of a death.
- ‘The Divisional Court directed the coroner to resume the inquest.’
- ‘An initial inquest on the island returned a verdict of accidental death but a second inquest held at Bromley Magistrates' Court recorded an open verdict.’
- ‘As you will know, the statutory function of an inquest is to ascertain who the deceased was, and how, when and where he came by his death.’
- ‘The coroner was due to open an inquest into his death today at Burnley Magistrates Court.’
- ‘The matter has now been referred to the coroner and an inquest into the death will be held in due course.’
- 1.2British A coroner's jury.
- ‘The inquest consists of 11 eligible voters who review Prosecutors' decisions not to indict suspects.’
- ‘The inquest was told that when the incident happened, the southbound GNER train was travelling at 117 mph.’
- ‘The inquest also heard that an incident of her head shaking at an outpatient appointment had not been recorded in her medical notes.’
- ‘The inquest heard she was taking eight tablets a day, but doctors feared this was a conservative estimate and the real figure could be much higher.’
- ‘Her son told the inquest he had no idea where she got the tablets from.’
2informal A discussion or investigation into something that has happened, especially something undesirable:‘an inquest by New York newspapers into a subway fire’
- ‘The company is carrying out its own investigation and an inquest was due to be opened this week.’
Middle English from Old French enqueste, based on Latin inquirere (see enquire).
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