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in·quest  (nkwst)
1. 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.
2. An investigation or inquiry. See Synonyms at inquiry.

[Middle English enqueste, from Old French, from Vulgar Latin *inquaesta, thing inquired into, alteration of Latin inqusta, feminine past participle of inqurere, to inquire into; see inquire.]

inquest  /nkwst, /  n. (in law) a meeting, esp. before a jury, to find out the facts about a death: At the inquest, we learned that the woman drowned. inquest

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