Definition of inquest in English:



  • A judicial inquiry to ascertain the facts relating to an incident, such as a death.

    • ‘There have been 150 questions asked at an inquest and a criminal trial.’
    • ‘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 costs could continue to rise as the Ministry of Defence is considering applying for a judicial review of the inquest.’
    • ‘In her opinion the incidents described at the inquest were not necessarily related to the school, but had links with the local community.’
    • ‘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.’
    enquiry, investigation, inquisition, probe, review, study, survey, analysis, examination, exploration, scrutinization
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Middle English from Old French enqueste, based on Latin inquirere (see enquire).