Definition of perquisition in US English:

perquisition

noun

  • 1Chiefly Law. The acquisition of something otherwise than by inheritance. Compare "perquisite". rare.

  • 2A thorough or diligent search, especially one made officially; careful investigation or inquiry; (Law) a search of property to find a person, incriminating documents, etc.

Origin

Late Middle English; earliest use found in Rolls of Parliament. From post-classical Latin perquisition-, perquisitio inquiry, research, purchase, acquisition, thing acquired, profit from classical Latin perquīsīt-, past participial stem of perquīrere + -iō.

Pronunciation

perquisition

/ˌpəːkwɪˈzɪʃn/