Definitions

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun In law, an authority given in general to some person or persons to inquire into something for the advantage of the crown or state.

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Examples

  • Could it be proved that the editor of L'Etoile really entertained a doubt, under the circumstances, there would be no need, in his case, of a commission de lunatico inquirendo.

    The Mystery of Marie Roget

  • From the time of Philip II. to the last of her kings, Spain had but one monarch that could have escaped a lunatic asylum on a commission _ad inquirendo_, and not a single royal family in all that time that had not at least one judicially declared idiot in the household; and more than once it was the regular successor to the throne.

    Mexico and its Religion With Incidents of Travel in That Country During Parts of the Years 1851-52-53-54, and Historical Notices of Events Connected With Places Visited

  • This man, who had accumulated a vast fortune South, was quite noted, a few years ago, for his dashing land purchases in New-York, and his relatives actually served on him a warrant _de lunatico inquirendo_, with a view of preventing him from wasting his estate.

    The Continental Monthly, Vol. 2, No. 2, August, 1862 Devoted to Literature and National Policy

  • Assume further that the young fellow, who at that time was studying law in London, had known that the man speaking to him was a trustee of an estate for which his Finn acted as Solicitors and had succeeded in getting a commission de lunatico inquirendo with regard to that trustee.

    Gilbert and Sullivan

  • Now we approach the crux and pinnacle of this inquirendo into the art and mystery of smoking.

    Shandygaff

  • It is not said why our hero abandoned bristol board and india ink, and it is no duty of this inquirendo to offer surmise.

    Mince Pie

  • The heir had lived abroad, and had lived in such an exceedingly eccentric manner as to give ground for a suit _de lunatico inquirendo_, brought by another heir.

    A Tale of a Lonely Parish

  • He accounts for romanticism as the chairman of a committee _de lunatico inquirendo_ might account for a case of religious mania.

    Essays on Scandinavian Literature

  • The _fifth_ is to contain what Bacon had accomplished in natural philosophy _without_ the aid of his own method, _ex eodem intellectûs usu quem alii in inquirendo et inveniendo adhibere consueverunt_.

    Bacon

  • Could it be proved that the editor of L'Etoile really entertained a doubt, under the circumstances, there would be no need, in his case, of a commission de lunatico inquirendo.

    Tales.

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