interrogative

[ in-tuh-rog-uh-tiv ]
/ ˌɪn təˈrɒg ə tɪv /

adjective

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.

noun

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 formsin·ter·rog·a·tive·ly, adverbun·in·ter·rog·a·tive, adjectiveun·in·ter·rog·a·tive·ly, adverb
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British Dictionary definitions for interrogative

interrogative

/ (ˌɪntəˈrɒɡətɪv) /

adjective

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 intendedCompare demonstrative, relative

noun

an interrogative word, phrase, sentence, or construction
a question mark
Derived Formsinterrogatively, adverb
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Word Origin and History for interrogative

interrogative


adj.

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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