Etymology
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inquest (n.)

late 13c., enquest, an-queste "legal or judicial inquiry," especially one before a jury, from Old French enqueste "inquiry" (Modern French enquête), from Vulgar Latin *inquaestia (source also of Italian inchiesta), from Latin inquisita (res) "(a thing) looked into; an inquiry," from fem. past participle of Latin inquirere "to seek after, search for" (see inquire). The form with in- prevailed from 18c.

Origin and meaning of inquest

updated on October 13, 2021

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Definitions of inquest from WordNet

inquest (n.)
an inquiry into the cause of an unexpected death;
Etymologies are not definitions. From wordnet.princeton.edu, not affiliated with etymonline.