One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
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.
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.
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