Definition of inquest in US English:



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

    • ‘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.’
    • ‘In her opinion the incidents described at the inquest were not necessarily related to the school, but had links with the local community.’
    • ‘There have been 150 questions asked at an inquest and a criminal trial.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The costs could continue to rise as the Ministry of Defence is considering applying for a judicial review of the inquest.’
    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).