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 (ĭn′kwĭ-zĭsh′ən, ĭng′-)
1. The act of inquiring into a matter; an investigation. See Synonyms at inquiry.
2. Law An inquest.
a. Inquisition A tribunal formerly held in the Roman Catholic Church and directed at the suppression of heresy.
b. An investigation that violates the privacy or rights of individuals, especially through rigorous or harsh interrogation.
c. A rigorous or severe questioning: "Looking pained at having to endure another inquisition [from the press, the football coach] assumed his usual monotone as he parried questions" (Judy Battista).

[Middle English inquisicioun, from Old French inquisicion, from Latin inquīsītiō, inquīsītiōn-, from inquīsītus, past participle of inquīrere, to inquire; see inquire.]

in′qui·si′tion·al adj.
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In most cases retro-reports can offer only unctuous weasel words of one-sided self-justification, risking (as at Hillsborough) all the confirmation bias and potential for accepting fabricated evidence inherent to inquisitional methods - not the change of hearts and minds required for genuine reform obliging elected and official leaders to base mutual respect upon sharing, and upholding amongst their subordinates (by example in the first instance), the principles of human rights and public service.
And while always the scholar, Adler nonetheless found a way to slip in words of praise for Jews and support for the United States' actions during the Spanish-American War, in an account of an inquisitional trial in Mexico, a document that at first blush had no apologetic motif at all.
Defined by Webster's Dictionary as "the use of indiscriminate, often unfounded, accusations, sensationalism, inquisitional investigative methods, etc.
Their topics include illness as divine punishment: the nature and function of the disease-carrier demons in ancient Egyptian magical texts, illness and healing through spell and incantation in the Dead Sea Scrolls, the influence of demons on the human mind according to Athenagoras and Tatian, the melancholy of the necromancer in Arnau de Vilanova's epistle against demonic magic, and healing with demons: preternatural philosophy and superstitious cures in Spanish inquisitional courts.
Well-meaning lawyers prefer the inquisitional system in the courts of France and much of Europe using these procedures based on Roman law.
But this was because a friend of mine put me in touch with a friend of hers, a scholar who had directed and just published a catalogue of 18th and 19th century texts from that Inquisitional archive.
See Slobogin, supra note 63, at 719-20 (noting that "[a]n inquisitional judge must be able to plan the trial, conduct much of the questioning, and ensure that witnesses are handled in as objective a fashion as possible," but also arguing, based on evidence from various settings, that American judges are up to the task); Gordon Van Kessel, Adversary Excesses in the American Criminal Trial, 67 NOTRE DAME L.
Pakistan is a land of promise and tremendous development possibilities by virtue of its unique geographical location, fast inquisitional talents of its people, and richness of natural and cultural resources.
Both Walker and Cagle note the cooperation between Inquisitional authorities and the growing group of professional physicians, leading to the gradual displacement of folk healers, who lacked formal medical certification and engaged in outlawed superstitious practices.
There is something vaguely inquisitional about the framing of these questions, and suspicion falls upon any applicant who diverts from the official line.
Oetgen found the coronial process both inquisitional and adversarial.
In 1715, Peter the Great approved the Brief Description for Case Consideration process, which affirmed an inquisitional type of consideration for criminal cases.