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inquest

Definition:

an inquiry into the cause of an unexpected death

Class:

act noun (acts and actions)

Plural:

inquests

Original source:

Princeton WordNet

Etymology:

Middle English enqueste, from Old French, from Vulgar Latin *inquaesīta, thing...
(Source: American Heritage Dictionary)  [more]

Definition references

Wikipedia:

Inquest | coroner's jury

a judicial inquiry in common law jurisdictions, particularly one held to determine the cause of a person's death. Conducted by a judge, jury, or government official, an inquest may or may not require an autopsy carried out by a coroner or medical ... (42 of 1617 words)

en​.wikipedia​.org​/wiki​/Inquest

Inquest (disambiguation)

a judicial investigation or inquiry. Inquest may also refer to: Inquest (play), a 1931 play written by Michael Barringer Inquest (1931 film), based on the play | Inquest (1939 film), based on the play | Da Vinci's Inquest, a long-running Canadian drama... (40 of 98 words, 4 definitions)

en​.wikipedia​.org​/wiki​/Inquest (disambiguation)

Collins Dictionary:

inquest

an inquiry into the cause of an unexplained, sudden, or violent death, or ... | [informal] any inquiry or investigation (19 of 438 words, 2 definitions, 9 usage examples, pronunciation)

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/inquest

Merriam-Webster:

inquest | inquiry [synonym, sense-specific] | investigation [synonym, sense-specific] | delving [synonym, sense-specific] | disquisition [synonym, sense-specific] | examen [synonym, sense-specific] | examination [synonym, sense-specific] | exploration [synonym, sense-specific] | inquisition [synonym, sense-specific] | ...

a judicial or official inquiry or examination especially before a jury ; a ... | "inquiry", "investigation" (16 of 155 words, 2 definitions, 2 usage examples, pronunciation)

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/inquest

Columbia Encyclopedia:

inquest

in law, a body of men appointed by law to inquire into certain matters. The term also refers to the inquiry itself as well as to the findings of the ... (30 of 111 words)

www​.infoplease​.com​/ce​6​/society​/A​0825275​.html

Britannica Encyclopedia:

inquest [law]

judicial inquiry by a group of persons appointed by a court. The most common type is the inquest set up to investigate a death apparently occasioned ... (26 of 103 words)

www​.britannica​.com​/E​Bchecked​/topic​/288886​/inquest

Oxford Dictionary:

inquest [law]

a judicial inquiry to ascertain the facts relating to an incident. | [British] : an inquiry by a coroner's court into the cause of a death. | ... (25 of 93 words, 4 definitions, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/inquest

inquest

Syllabification: (in·quest) | [law] | a judicial inquiry to ascertain the facts relating to an incident, such as a death. (18 of 60 words, 3 definitions, pronunciation)

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/american english​/inquest

American Heritage Dictionary:

inquest

[law] ; A judicial inquiry into a matter usually held before a jury, especially an inquiry into the cause of a death. | A jury making such an inquiry. ... (28 of 75 words, 4 definitions, pronunciation)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/inquest

Macmillan British Dictionary:

inquest [countable] | inquests [plural]

an official attempt by a court to find the cause of someone's death | a discussion about the reasons for a bad situation (22 of 68 words, 2 definitions, 2 usage examples, pronunciation)

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/inquest

Random House Dictionary:

inquest

a legal or judicial inquiry, usually before a jury, especially an investigation made by a coroner into the cause of a death. | the body of people ... (26 of 57 words, 4 definitions, pronunciation)

dictionary​.infoplease​.com​/inquest

Cambridge Dictionary:

inquest

an official process to discover the cause of someone's death | an examination of or discussion about the reasons for someone's or something's failure (23 of 43 words, 2 definitions, 2 usage examples, pronunciation)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/inquest

New World Dictionary:

inquest

a judicial inquiry, as a coroner's investigation of a death | the jury or group holding such an inquiry | the verdict of such an inquiry (24 of 40 words, 3 definitions, pronunciation)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/inquest

Wiktionary:

inquest | inquests [plural] | enquest [obsolete, sense-specific] | inquisition [synonym, sense-specific]

A formal investigation, often held before a jury, especially one into the cause of a death. | The jury hearing such an inquiry, and the result of the inquiry. (28 of 38 words, 2 definitions, 1 usage example)

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/inquest

Encarta Dictionary:

inquest | inquests [plural]

an official inquiry in front of a magistrate, coroner, or jury into the facts of a case such as a sudden unexpected death | an investigation of the ... (27 of 68 words, 2 definitions, pronunciation)

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861621464​/definition​.html  [offline]

Etymology references

American Heritage Dictionary:

inquest

Origin: Middle English enqueste, from Old French, from Vulgar Latin *inquaesīta, thing inquired into, alteration of Latin ... (16 of 27 etymology words)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/inquest

Online Etymology:

inquest

First use: late 13th century

Origin: an-queste "legal or judicial inquiry", from Old French enqueste "inquiry", from feminine past participle of Vulgar Latin *inquirere "inquire".

www​.etymonline​.com​/index​.php term=inquest

Merriam-Webster:

inquest

First use: 13th century

Origin: Middle English, from Anglo-French enqueste, from Vulgar Latin *inquaesta, feminine of *inquaestus, past participle of *inquaerere to inquire

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/inquest

Wiktionary:

inquest | inquests [plural]

Origin: Old French enqueste (Modern French enquête), from Vulgar Latin inquirere, or from Medieval Latin inquesta from in + Latin quaesita.

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/inquest

New World Dictionary:

inquest

Origin: Middle English enqueste from Old French from Vulgar Latin *inquaesita, feminine past participle of *inquaerere: see "inquire"

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/inquest

Collins Dictionary:

inquest

First use: 13th century

Origin: from Medieval Latin inquēsta, from Latin in-2 + quaesītus investigation, from quaerere to examine

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/inquest

Oxford Dictionary:

inquest [law]

Origin: Middle English from Old French enqueste, based on Latin inquirere (see "enquire")

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/inquest

inquest

Origin: Middle English: from Old French enqueste, based on Latin inquirere (see "inquire")

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/american english​/inquest

Encarta Dictionary:

inquest | inquests [plural]

First use: 14th century

Origin: French from Latin inquesta from inquirere "inquire"

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861621464​/definition​.html  [offline]

Audio references

Collins Dictionary:

inquest

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "inquest"

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/inquest

Macmillan British Dictionary:

inquest [countable] | inquests [plural]

Audio: British English pronunciation of "inquest"

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/inquest

Macmillan American Dictionary:

inquest [countable] | inquests [plural]

Audio: North American pronunciation of "inquest"

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/american​/inquest

Cambridge Dictionary:

inquest

Audio 1: British English pronunuciation of "inquest"

Audio 2: North American English pronunuciation of "inquest"

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/inquest

the Free Dictionary:

inquest

Audio 1: North American English pronunciation of "inquest"

Audio 2: British English pronunciation of "inquest"

Audio 3: North American English pronunciation of "inquest" by speech synthesizer

www​.thefreedictionary​.com​/inquest

Google Dictionary:

inquest | inquests [plural]

Audio: English pronunciation of "inquest"

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Merriam-Webster Pronunciation:

inquest

Audio: North American pronunciation of "inquest"

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/audio​.php file=inques​01 word=inquest

YourDictionary Audio:

inquest

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "inquest" by speech synthesizer

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/inquest

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