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1. Of, relating to, or having the function of an inquisitor.
2. Law Relating to a legal proceeding in which the judge is both actively involved in determining the facts and in deciding the outcome.
3. Extremely inquisitive or prying: "a sharp inquisitorial gaze" (Michael Chabon).

in·quis′i·to′ri·al·ly adv.
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I replied, inquisitorially, "How much bandwidth do you need?"
At these times, if Jennifer approached, he would raise his eyes inquisitorially to mine, receive my unspoken answer, and continue the conversation without a break.
Disinclined to fashion a (more inquisitorially inspired) rule imposing an "undifferentiated and absolute duty to retain and to preserve all material that might be of conceivable evidentiary significance in a particular prosecution," the Court deferred to "police themselves" to "by their conduct indicate that the evidence could form a basis for exonerating the defendant." (185) That Larry Youngblood was eventually exonerated of his crime through enhanced DNA testing on the same degraded evidence considered by the Court puts into stark relief the fallaciousness of the Court's judgment that "police themselves" are reliably entrusted with discerning the probative value of physical evidence to a defendant's guilt or innocence.
(99) Most inquisitorially oriented systems also include adversarial elements.