Definition of inquisitorial in English:

Share this entry

inquisitorial

Pronunciation: /inˌkwizəˈtôrēəl/

adjective

1Of or like an inquisitor.
Example sentences
  • There was barely an inquisitorial question from any of them, and who cares about the ground rules?
  • Yet another inquisitorial voice seeks clarification: Does the poet identify himself as a post-colonial subject or not?
  • He never interrogated anyone in inquisitorial fashion about their beliefs and condemned them, but was able to look into their hearts.
1.2 Law (Of a trial or legal procedure) in which the judge has an examining or inquiring role: administration is accompanied by a form of inquisitorial justice Compare with accusatorial, adversarial.
More example sentences
  • Like most of Latin America, Chile inherited an inquisitorial legal system from Spain.
  • Opponents of implementing the inquisitorial system argue the efficacy of the adversarial system.
  • I can therefore make the submission that the pre-trial procedure (commencing from the state collecting the facts, to the advanced disclosure, culminating with plea bargaining) in the Hong Kong Magistrate is inquisitorial.

Derivatives

inquisitorially

Pronunciation: /inˌkwizəˈtôrēəlē/
adverb
Example sentences
  • Rather the decision falls to be taken by the executive authority acting inquisitorially.
  • This Tribunal is enjoined to not only be fair, but also to be quick and to act inquisitorially and not adversarially, but harm might be done.
  • But acting inquisitorially does not mean acting unfairly, as paragraph 17 of the Scheme makes plain.

Origin

Mid 18th century: from medieval Latin inquisitorius (from Latin inquisitor, from inquirere 'inquire') + -al.

Share this entry
 

What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.