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[in-tuh-rog-uh-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee] /ˌɪn təˈrɒg əˌtɔr i, -ˌtoʊr i/
conveying or expressing a question; interrogative.
noun, plural interrogatories.
a question; inquiry.
Law. a formal or written question.
Origin of interrogatory
From the Late Latin word interrogātōrius, dating back to 1525-35. See interrogate, -tory1
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[in-tuh-rog-uh-tawr-uh-lee, -tohr-, -rog-uh-tawr-, -tohr-] /ˌɪn təˈrɒg əˌtɔr ə li, -ˌtoʊr-, -ˌrɒg əˈtɔr-, -ˈtoʊr-/ (Show IPA),
uninterrogatory, adjective Unabridged
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Historical Examples
  • When the ceremonies were gone through in a regular way, the interrogatories were truly answered.

  • Of course I saw that these interrogatories were meant for me.

    The Quadroon Mayne Reid
  • He stood like a statue in the middle of the floor, and made no reply to the interrogatories.

    In School and Out Oliver Optic
  • Learn the lines one at a time by the method of interrogatories.

  • These interrogatories flashed across the brain of the lad, causing him a feeling of alarm.

    The Ocean Waifs Mayne Reid
  • The net result of his fusillade of interrogatories, however, was exceedingly meagre.

    No Clue James Hay
  • In order that there may be no mistake about it, I have copied the interrogatories in writing, and also my answers to them.

  • The interrogatories are to continue for three days, and the evidence is to be written down.

    Laws Plato
  • The answer to all these interrogatories is one and the some.

    The Ocean Waifs Mayne Reid
  • I did not venture to renew my interrogatories, and there was a long silence.

    Devereux, Complete Edward Bulwer-Lytton
British Dictionary definitions for interrogatories


/ˌɪntəˈrɒɡətərɪz; -trɪz/
plural noun
(law) written questions asked by one party to a suit, to which the other party has to give written answers under oath


/ˌɪntəˈrɒɡətərɪ; -trɪ/
expressing or involving a question
noun (pl) -tories
a question or interrogation
Derived Forms
interrogatorily, adverb
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Word Origin and History for interrogatories



1570s, from Late Latin interrogatorius "consisting of questions," from past participle stem of interrogare (see interrogation).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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