Definition of inquest noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈɪŋkwest//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈɪŋkwest//
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  1. 1an official investigation to find out the cause of somebody’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. See related entries: Solving crime
  2. 2inquest (on/into something) a discussion about something that has failed An inquest was held on the team's poor performance.
  3. Word OriginMiddle English from Old French enqueste, based on Latin inquirere (based on quaerere ‘seek’).Extra examples An elderly woman froze to death, an inquest heard yesterday. An inquest found that the deceased had died of a drugs overdose. The court ordered a fresh inquest into the tragedy. The inquest returned a verdict of accidental death. an inquest into the team’s poor performance an inquest on three fishermen There will be a coroner’s inquest into his death. There will inevitably be an inquest into the team’s poor performance.
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