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  1. of, relating to, or conveying a question.
  2. Grammar. forming, constituting, or used in or to form a question: an interrogative pronoun, suffix, particle, or sentence.
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  1. Grammar. an interrogative word, element, or construction, as who? and what?
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Origin of interrogative

From the Late Latin word interrogātīvus, dating back to 1510–20. See interrogate, -ive
Related formsin·ter·rog·a·tive·ly, adverbun·in·ter·rog·a·tive, adjectiveun·in·ter·rog·a·tive·ly, adverb
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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?”

  • 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

British Dictionary definitions for interrogative


  1. asking or having the nature of a question
  2. denoting a form or construction used in asking a question
  3. 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 intendedCompare demonstrative, relative
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  1. an interrogative word, phrase, sentence, or construction
  2. a question mark
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Derived Formsinterrogatively, 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.

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