- 1Of or like an inquisitor, especially in questioning someone in a harsh or intensive manner: he was questioning her in a cold, inquisitorial voiceMore 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.
- 1.1 Law (Of a trial or legal procedure) characterized by the judge performing an examining 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.
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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.
More definitions of inquisitorialDefinition of inquisitorial in:
- The US English dictionary