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 official inquiry; an inquest.

  • Black's Law Dictionary: 2nd Edition

    In practice. An inquiry or inquest; particularly, an investigation of certain facts made by a sheriff, together with a jury impaneled by him for the purpose.
    —Inquisition after death. See Inquisitio. Inquisition of lunacy. See Lunacy.