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Definition of inquest noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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  1. 1an official investigation to find out the cause of someone's death, especially when it has not happened naturally An inquest was held to discover the cause of death. inquest (on/into something) a coroner's inquest into his death At the inquest they heard that the car had driven off after the accident.
  2. 2inquest (on/into something) a discussion about something that has failed An inquest was held on the team's poor performance.
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