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inquest

 [in´kwest]
a legal inquiry before a coroner or medical examiner, and usually a jury, into the manner of death.

in·quest

(in'kwest),
A legal inquiry into the cause of sudden, violent, or mysterious death.
[L. in, in, + quaero, pp. quaesitus, to seek]

inquest

/in·quest/ (in´kwest) a legal inquiry before a coroner or medical examiner, and usually a jury, into the manner of death.

inquest

[in′kwest]
Etymology: L, in, within, quaerere, to seek
a legal inquiry or examination.

inquest

A public inquiry into death which, under English law, is held to establish:
(1) the identity of the deceased,
(2) the date and
(3) place of death and
(4) the circumstances surrounding the death (including the medical cause of death).

in·quest

(in'kwest)
A legal inquiry into the cause of sudden, violent, or mysterious death.
[L. in, in, + quaero, pp. quaesitus, to seek]

inquest

A judicial inquiry usually into the cause of a death. Inquests are presided over by coroners who are either barristers, solicitors or medical practitioners. Inquests are held in cases of violent or unnatural death, deaths in prison, deaths from industrial disease or poisoning and in other cases of death in which the coroner has discretion as whether or not to hold an inquest. A jury may or may not be called.
References in classic literature ?
You were yourself struck by the nature of the injury as recorded by the surgeon at the inquest.
Is much applauded and encouraged; goes out of the room as Swills; comes in as the coroner (not the least in the world like him); describes the inquest, with recreative intervals of piano-forte accompaniment, to the refrain: With his (the coroner's) tippy tol li doll, tippy tol lo doll, tippy tol li doll, Dee!
He was also anxious about the future, reflecting that the police must detain Helen and Margaret for the inquest and ferret the whole thing out.
There was to be an inquest on Leonard's' body tomorrow, and the police required his son to attend.
The less said at the inquest the better in the interests of justice.
I have only to add, that the verdict at the Coroner's Inquest was Wilful Murder against some person, or persons, unknown.
It occupied me until the time came for proceeding to the inquest.
The inquest was adjourned over one day--no explanation that the eye of the law could recognise having been discovered thus far to account for the mysterious circumstances of the case.
The medical report of him declared that what little mental faculty he possessed was seriously shaken; nothing satisfactory was extracted from him at the adjourned inquest, and for aught I know to the contrary, he may never have recovered to this day.
I returned to the hotel at Welmingham so jaded in body and mind, so weakened and depressed by all that I had gone through, as to be quite unfit to endure the local gossip about the inquest, and to answer the trivial questions that the talkers addressed to me in the coffee-room.
But I was bound to appear, if called on, at the adjourned inquest, and doubly bound to answer my bail before the magistrate at Knowlesbury.
All the proceedings at the inquest had been reported in the local paper that morning--there was nothing I could tell her which she did not know already.