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  • adj. Of or pertaining to an inquisition.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Relating to inquiry or inquisition; inquisitorial; also, of or pertaining to, or characteristic of, the Inquisition.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Pertaining to or characterized by inquisition; especially, marked by strict or harsh inquiry; inquisitorial.
  • Of or pertaining to the Inquisition.


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  • Then, there is the country's descent into a bloody and inquisitional autocracy.

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  • And when my wife complained to the archdiocese of Central California, she was treated with some type of an inquisitional-type arrangement and really made her so uncomfortable.

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  • Guatemala and Chile are notable examples of countries that have reformed their criminal justice system -- moving away from archaic inquisitional models to embrace more adversarial elements.

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  • Both focus on supernatural beliefs and practices and are based on extensive work in the vast collection of inquisitional records, which document the prosecution of curanderos during the three centuries of Spanish rule in Mexico. 12 All of these works form an indispensable background and basis for the present study, as does much of the excellent, and much more extensive, medical historiography done on early modern Europe cited throughout this book.

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  • Participant gets involved in films that would have sent a '40s anti-Communist Congressional investigator into paroxysms of inquisitional delight, back in the day - and did, in the case of Good Night and Good Luck, about the clash between broadcaster Edward R. Murrow and Red-baiting capo Joe McCarthy - on topics ranging from Darfur to covert ops, from global warming to corporate farming.

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  • And I don't want to see an America where people like Zumbo and Dave Petzal are treated to an inquisitional blacklisting.


  • The inquisitional proceedings, as they are termed by the German jurists, are identical with our ancient presentments.

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  • Just about every page suggests that rigorous self-examination was a lifelong habit and that the tennis champion and social activist's self-confessed "aloofness" was the outer shell of a sometimes questing, sometimes inquisitional, always demanding inner life.

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  • A most important point made by the Spanish scholars is that the inquisitional courts of the Church were both more just and more lenient than civil courts and religious courts elsewhere in Europe at the time.

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  • And so, it ` s a court of inquiry, it ` s an inquisitional court where the judge more or less runs the investigation into the case and then gives the police broad discretionary powers with regards to what they investigate to how.

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