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From: DICT.TW English-Chinese Dictionary 英漢字典


From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 In·quis·i·to·ri·al a.
 1. Pertaining to inquisition; making rigorous and unfriendly inquiry; searching; as, inquisitorial power. “Illiberal and inquisitorial abuse.”
    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.”

From: WordNet (r) 2.0

      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"