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[in-tuh-rog-uh-tiv] /ˌɪn təˈrɒg ə tɪv/
of, relating to, or conveying a question.
Grammar. forming, constituting, or used in or to form a question:
an interrogative pronoun, suffix, particle, or sentence.
Grammar. an interrogative word, element, or construction, as who? and what?
Origin of interrogative
From the Late Latin word interrogātīvus, dating back to 1510-20. See interrogate, -ive
Related forms
interrogatively, adverb
uninterrogative, adjective
uninterrogatively, adverb Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for interrogative
Historical Examples
  • Calendar paused, interrogative; Kirkwood remained interested but silent.

    The Black Bag Louis Joseph Vance
  • The accent was interrogative, although it was plain that only one answer was expected.

    The Dominant Strain Anna Chapin Ray
  • But coming out of my stateroom with an interrogative “Mr. Jacobus?”

    'Twixt Land & Sea Joseph Conrad
  • What Inflection is placed on the interrogative sentence in Par.

  • At last, he caught the idea of location—but it was location in the interrogative!

    Islands of Space John W Campbell
  • She knew by the change of his look, interrogative, amused, incredulous.

    The Coast of Chance Esther Chamberlain
  • Not that the great word of words—affirmative or interrogative—was spoken then or there.


    George Washington Cable
  • How does the interrogative form of the sentence give it vividness?

    Ontario Teachers' Manuals: Literature Ontario Ministry of Education
  • He was a sharp child, interrogative in mind, and extremely loquacious.

    The Green Carnation

    Robert Smythe Hichens
  • This interrogative conjecture was probably too near the truth.

    The Boy Slaves Mayne Reid
British Dictionary definitions for interrogative


asking or having the nature of a question
denoting a form or construction used in asking a question
denoting or belonging to a class of words, such as which and whom, that are determiners, adjectives, or pronouns and serve to question which individual referent or referents are intended Compare demonstrative, relative
an interrogative word, phrase, sentence, or construction
a question mark
Derived Forms
interrogatively, adverb
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Word Origin and History for interrogative

c.1500, from Late Latin interrogativus "pertaining to a question," from Latin interrogat-, past participle stem of interrogare (see interrogation) + -ive.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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