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English definition of “inquest”

inquest

noun [C] uk   /ˈɪŋ.kwest/ us  
an official process to discover the cause of someone's death: An inquest is always held if murder is suspected. an examination of or discussion about the reasons for someone's or something's failure: an inquest into the department's poor performance
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