- The definition of an inquest is an investigation or inquiry into something, especially a court inquiry into the cause of death.
When an autopsy is performed to determine the cause of death and law enforcement investigates to determine if a homicide occurred, this is an example of an inquest.
inquest definition by Webster's New World
- 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
Origin: Middle English enqueste ; from Old French ; from Vulgar Latin an unverified form inquaesita, feminine past participle of an unverified form inquaerere: see inquire
inquest definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- Law a. A judicial inquiry into a matter usually held before a jury, especially an inquiry into the cause of a death.b. A jury making such an inquiry.c. The finding based on such an inquiry.
- An investigation or inquiry. See Synonyms at inquiry.
Origin: Middle English enqueste, from Old French, from Vulgar Latin *inquaesīta, thing inquired into, alteration of Latin inquīsīta, feminine past participle of inquīrere, to inquire into; see inquire.
inquest - Legal Definition
- An inquiry into a suspicious death conducted by a coroner or medical examiner.
- An inquiry into a particular subject matter by a special jury.
- A judge’s determination of damages after a defendant’s default.
inquest - Medical Definition
- A legal inquiry into the cause of violent or mysterious death.
- The finding based on such an inquiry.