Duhaime's Law Dictionary Quaere Definition: Latin for "query" as in an issue on which some doubt or question exists. An issue expounded after the word quaere in a legal judgment, exposes a statement of law or of fact that remains in doubt, not finally decided, and open to question. For a judicial example of the use of the term, in a stolen goods case for which the legal citation is Haughton v Smith, 1973 UKHL 4, the British House of Lords queried as follows: "Quaere if this is the correct approach, but I am satisfied in any event that it is a misapplication of the process ... to purport to settle an order and provide therein a term that has such a possibly singular effect on one party, if the issue has not been addressed sufficiently in the original hearing." Categories & Topics: Dictionary of Latin Law Terms Always looking up definitions? Save time with our search provider (modern browsers only) If you find an error or omission in Duhaime's Law Dictionary, or if you have suggestion for a legal term, we'd love to hear from you!