inquest
in·quest /'in-ˌkwest/ n [Anglo-French enqueste, from Old French, ultimately from Latin inquirere to ask about, from in- within, into + quaerere to seek]
1: a judicial or official inquiry or examination often before a jury
a coroner's inquest compare trial
2: a body of people (as a jury) assembled to hold a judicial or official inquiry; also: the finding of such an inquiry or the document recording it

Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary of Law. . 1996.

inquest
I noun determination of damages, examination, hearing, inquiry, interrogation, investigation, judicial inquiry, legal investigation, quaestio, quest, questioning, review, search, search into facts associated concepts: assessment of damages, civil inquest, coroner's inquest II index cross-examination, examination (study), hearing, indagation, inquiry (systematic investigation), inspection, interrogation, pursuit (chase), research, scrutiny, test, trial (legal proceeding)

Burton's Legal Thesaurus. . 2006


inquest
n.
A judicial investigation into the facts surrounding a death, conducted by a coroner or medical examiner; a court’s inquiry into the facts surrounding an incident, often made by a jury; sometimes called an inquisition.

The Essential Law Dictionary. — Sphinx Publishing, An imprint of Sourcebooks, Inc. . 2008.


inquest
an official examination of facts. In the UK (except Scotland) the inquiry presided over by a coroner into the cause of death of an individual.

Collins dictionary of law. . 2001.


inquest
A coroner or medical examiner's investigation or hearing into a suspicious death. A jury hearing may be held under some circumstances.
Category: Criminal Law
Category: Small Claims Court & Lawsuits

Nolo’s Plain-English Law Dictionary. . 2009.


inquest
n.
1 An inquiry into a suspicious death conducted by a coroner or medical examiner.
2 An inquiry into a particular subject matter by a special jury.
3 A judge's determination of damages after a defendant's default.

Webster's New World Law Dictionary. . 2000.


inquest
An inquiry by a coroner or medical examiner, sometimes with the aid of a jury, into the cause of a violent death or a death occurring under suspicious circumstances. Generally an inquest may result in a finding of natural death, accidental death, suicide, or murder. Criminal prosecution may follow when culpable conduct has contributed to the death.
The body of jurors called to inquire into the circumstances of a death that occurred suddenly, by violence, or while imprisoned. Any body of jurors called to inquire into certain matters. (A grand jury is sometimes called a grand inquest, for example.) The determination or findings of a body of persons called to make a legal inquiry or the report issued after their investigation.

Dictionary from West's Encyclopedia of American Law. 2005.


inquest
An inquiry by a coroner or medical examiner, sometimes with the aid of a jury, into the cause of a violent death or a death occurring under suspicious circumstances. Generally an inquest may result in a finding of natural death, accidental death, suicide, or murder. Criminal prosecution may follow when culpable conduct has contributed to the death.
 
The body of jurors called to inquire into the circumstances of a death that occurred suddenly, by violence, or while imprisoned. Any body of jurors called to inquire into certain matters. (A grand jury is sometimes called a grand inquest, for example.) The determination or findings of a body of persons called to make a legal inquiry or the report issued after their investigation.

Short Dictionary of (mostly American) Legal Terms and Abbreviations.

inquest
n.
   1) an investigation and/or a hearing held by the coroner (a county official) when there is a violent death either by accident or homicide, the cause of death is not immediately clear, there are mysterious circumstances surrounding the death, or the deceased was a prisoner. Usually an autopsy by a qualified medical examiner from the coroner's office is a key part of the inquest. In rare cases a jury may be used to determine the cause of death.
   2) a term used in New York for a hearing on the validity of a will by a surrogate judge.
   See also: coroner

Law dictionary. . 2013.

Synonyms:
, (especially by a coroner) / (particularly a coroner's jury)


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  • Inquest — In quest, n. [OE. enqueste, OF. enqueste, F. enqu[^e]te, LL. inquesta, for inquisita, fr. L. inquisitus, p. p. of inquirere. See {Inquire}.] 1. Inquiry; quest; search. [R.] Spenser. [1913 Webster] The laborious and vexatious inquest that the soul …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • inquest — late 13c., an queste legal or judicial inquiry, from O.Fr. enqueste inquiry, from V.L. *inquaestia (Cf. It. inchiesta), from fem. pp. of V.L. *inquirere inquire (see INQUIRE (Cf. inquire)) …   Etymology dictionary

  • inquest — investigation, probe, inquiry, inquisition, research Analogous words: examination, inspection, scrutiny, audit (see under SCRUTINIZE): questioning, interrogation, catechizing, examining (see corresponding verbs at ASK) …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • inquest — [n] investigation delving, examination, hearing, inquiry, inquisition, probe, probing, quest, research, trial; concepts 48,290,318 Ant. conclusion, findings …   New thesaurus

  • inquest — ► NOUN 1) a judicial inquiry to ascertain the facts relating to an incident. 2) Brit. an inquiry by a coroner s court into the cause of a death. ORIGIN Old French enqueste, from Latin inquirere, from quaerere speak …   English terms dictionary

  • inquest — [in′kwest΄] n. [ME enqueste < OFr < VL * inquaesita, fem. pp. of * inquaerere: see INQUIRE] 1. a judicial inquiry, as a coroner s investigation of a death 2. the jury or group holding such an inquiry 3. the verdict of such an inquiry …   English World dictionary

  • inquest — noun (esp. BrE) investigation into cause of death ADJECTIVE ▪ full ▪ fresh ▪ coroner s VERB + INQUEST ▪ conduct, hold …   Collocations dictionary

  • Inquest — For other uses, see Inquest (disambiguation). An inquest is a judicial investigation in common law jurisdictions, conducted by a judge, jury, or government official. The most common kind of inquest is an inquiry including a medical examination by …   Wikipedia

  • inquest — UK [ˈɪŋkwest] / US [ˈɪŋˌkwest] noun [countable] Word forms inquest : singular inquest plural inquests 1) an official attempt by a court to find the cause of someone s death inquest into: an inquest into the death of her husband hold an inquest:… …   English dictionary

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