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INQUISITIO Definition & Legal Meaning

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In old English law. An inquisition or inquest. Inquisilio post mortem, an inquisition after death. An inquest of office held, during the continuance of the military tenures, upon the death of every one of the king’s tenants, to inquire of what lands he died seised, who was his heir, and of what age, in order to entitle the king to his mar- riage, wardship, relief, primer seisin, or other advantages, as the circumstances of the case might turn out. 3 Bl. Comm. 258. lnqui- sitio patriw, the inquisition of the country; the ordinary jury, as distinguished from the grand assise. Bract fol. 156.

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