Definition of Inquisitorial

1. Adjective. Especially indicating a form of prosecution in which proceedings are secret and the accused is questioned by a prosecutor who acts also as the judge.

Antonyms: Accusatorial
Partainyms: Inquisitor
Derivative terms: Inquisitor



2. Adjective. Marked by inquisitive interest; especially suggestive of an ecclesiastical inquisitor. "A practical police force with true inquisitorial talents"
Similar to: Inquiring
Derivative terms: Inquisitor

3. Adjective. Having the authority to conduct official investigations. "The inquisitorial power of the Senate"
Similar to: Inquiring

Definition of Inquisitorial

1. a. Pertaining to inquisition; making rigorous and unfriendly inquiry; searching; as, inquisitorial power.

Definition of Inquisitorial

1. Adjective. of or pertaining to an inquisition, specifically the Inquisition ¹

2. Adjective. in a manner of inquisition or inquisitors ¹

3. Adjective. (legal) describing a trial system in which the prosecutor also acts as judge ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Inquisitorial

1. [adj]

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Inquisitorial

inquiringly
inquiry
inquiry agent
inquisible
inquisition
inquisition post mortem
inquisitional
inquisitionary
inquisitioned
inquisitioning
inquisitions
inquisitive
inquisitively
inquisitiveness
inquisitor
inquisitorial (current term)
inquisitorially
inquisitorious
inquisitors
inquisitory
inquisitour
inquisitrix
inquisiturient
inquorate
inracinate
inracinated
inradii
inradius
inrage
inraged

Literary usage of Inquisitorial

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1. A Treatise on the Constitutional Limitations which Rest Upon the Legislative by Thomas McIntyre Cooley (1903)
"But a far more important requirement is that the proceeding to establish guilt shall not be inquisitorial. A peculiar excellence of the common-law system of ..."

2. The Continental Legal History Series by Association of American Law Schools (1913)
"The only institution of the inquisitorial system which has defied criticism and which is probably more powerful and general than ever is that of the public ..."

3. A History of Continental Criminal Procedure, with Special Reference to France by Adhémar Esmein, René Garraud, Carl Joseph Anton Mittermaier (1913)
"But, on the other hand, the inquisitorial procedure has very serious defects; ... One part of this composite type is taken from the inquisitorial system, ..."

4. A History of the Inquisition of Spain by Henry Charles Lea (1906)
"THE inquisitorial PROCESS. L onsidering the judicial functions of the Inquisition, ... At t•.e s.ime time, the vices of the inquisitorial process, ..."

5. The Origin and Growth of the English Constitution: An Historical Treatise by Hannis Taylor (1898)
"... right to punish sin as such usually limited in practice to heresy, blasphemy, and certain other offences; inquisitorial procedure, the ex officio oath; ..."

6. The Catholic Encyclopedia: An International Work of Reference on the by Charles George Herbermann (1913)
"Important works on inquisitorial law also emanated from the order, .... But the two classical works of the Middle Ages on inquisitorial law are that of ..."

7. A visit to the South seas, in the United States ship Vincennes, during by Charles Samuel Stewart (1832)
"NATIONAL MUSEUM, inquisitorial COURT, ETC. Shops in the Plaza.—Market and Museum. ... inquisitorial Judgment Hall.—Instance of Martyrdom.—Style of Building. ..."

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