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1 : a request for information [such doubt as would cause a reasonable person to make an ]
2 : a systematic official investigation often of a matter of public interest esp. by a body (as a legislative committee) with power to compel testimony
: having notice that inquiry should be made
Source: Merriam-Webster's Dictionary of Law ©1996. Merriam-Webster, Incorporated. Published under license with Merriam-Webster, Incorporated.