Etymology
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inquiry (n.)

early 15c., enquery, "a judicial examination of facts to determine truth;" mid-15c. in general sense "attempt to learn something, act or fact of inquiring," probably an Anglo-French noun developed from enqueren "to inquire" (see inquire). Respelled from mid-16c. to conform to Latin.

updated on November 30, 2015

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Definitions of inquiry from WordNet

inquiry (n.)
a search for knowledge;
Synonyms: enquiry / research
inquiry (n.)
an instance of questioning;
inquiry (n.)
a systematic investigation of a matter of public interest;
Synonyms: enquiry
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