Definitions from Black's Law Dictionary: 2nd Edition and Ballentine's Law Dictionary as are available for each term in each dictionary.
  • Ballentine's Law Dictionary

    An inquisition; an inquest.

  • Black's Law Dictionary: 2nd Edition

    In old English law. An inquisition or inquest. Inquisitio post mortem, an inquisition after death. An inquest of office held, during the continuanco of the military tenures, upon the death of every one of the king's tenants, to inquire of what lands he died seised, who was his heir, and of what age, in order to entitle the king to his marriage, wardship, relief, primer seisin or other advantages, as the circumstances of the case might turn out. 3 Bl. Comm. 258. Inquisitio patriƦ, the Inquisition of the country; the ordinary jury, as distinguished from the grand assise. Bract, fol. 15b.