Definition of inquest in English:



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

    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘There have been 150 questions asked at an inquest and a criminal trial.’
    • ‘In her opinion the incidents described at the inquest were not necessarily related to the school, but had links with the local community.’
    enquiry, investigation, inquisition, probe, review, study, survey, analysis, examination, exploration, scrutinization
    hearing, case
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Middle English: from Old French enqueste, based on Latin inquirere (see inquire).