Meaning of “inquisitorial” in the English Dictionary

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"inquisitorial" in British English

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inquisitorialadjective

uk /ɪnˌkwɪz.ɪˈtɔː.ri.əl/ us /ɪnˌkwɪz.ɪˈtɔːr.i.əl/ formal disapproving

(Definition of “inquisitorial” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"inquisitorial" in Business English

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inquisitorialadjective

uk /ɪnkwɪzɪˈtɔːriəl/ us LAW

relating to a legal process in which the judge asks the questions in order to get the facts before making a decision:

Suggestions of moving to an inquisitorial system weren't popular with judges who would have to do the work currently done by lawyers.
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(Definition of “inquisitorial” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)