Definition of inquisitorial in English:


Syllabification: in·quis·i·to·ri·al
Pronunciation: /inˌkwiziˈtôrēəl


  • 1Of or like an inquisitor.
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    • 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.
  • 1.1Offensively prying.
  • 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.
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    • 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.



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  • 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.


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

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