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  2  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Inquisitorial  \In*quis`i*to"ri*al\,  a.  [Cf.  F.  inquisitorial.] 
  1.  Pertaining  to  inquisition;  making  rigorous  and  unfriendly 
  inquiry;  searching;  as  inquisitorial  power.  ``Illiberal 
  and  inquisitorial  abuse.''  --F.  Blackburne. 
 
  He  conferred  on  it  a  kind  of  inquisitorial  and 
  censorious  power  even  over  the  laity,  and  directed 
  it  to  inquire  into  all  matters  of  conscience. 
  --Hume. 
 
  2.  Pertaining  to  the  Court  of  Inquisition  or  resembling  its 
  practices.  ``Inquisitorial  robes.''  --C.  Buchanan. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  inquisitorial 
  adj  1:  especially  indicating  a  form  of  prosecution  in  which 
  proceedings  are  secret  and  the  accused  is  questioned 
  by  a  prosecutor  who  acts  also  as  the  judge  [ant:  {accusatorial}] 
  2:  marked  by  inquisitive  interest;  especially  suggestive  of  an 
  ecclesiastical  inquisitor;  "the  press  was  inquisitorial  to 
  the  point  of  antagonism";  "a  practical  police  force  with 
  true  inquisitorial  talents"-  Waldo  Frank 
  3:  having  the  authority  to  conduct  official  investigations; 
  "the  inquisitorial  power  of  the  Senate" 




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