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Topic: LAW

Date: 1300-1400
Language: Old French
Origin: enqueste, from Latin inquirere; INQUIRE

inquest

noun
     
in‧quest [countable]
1SCL a legal process to find out the cause of someone's death
inquest into
The coroner will hold an inquest into the deaths.
The inquest heard that she died from multiple injuries.
2 an unofficial discussion about the reasons for someone's defeat or failure to do something
inquest into
The Tories will hold a private inquest into why they were defeated.
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