inquisitorial

Definitions of inquisitorial
  1. adjective
    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”
    Synonyms:
    inquiring
    given to inquiry
  2. adjective
    having the authority to conduct official investigations
    “the inquisitorial power of the Senate”
    Synonyms:
    inquiring
    given to inquiry
  3. adjective
    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
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    Antonyms:
    accusatorial
    specifically indicating a form of prosecution in which one is publicly accused of and tried for a crime and in which the judge is not also the prosecutor
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