[in-tuh-rog-uh-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee]


conveying or expressing a question; interrogative.

noun, plural in·ter·rog·a·to·ries.

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
Related formsin·ter·rog·a·to·ri·ly [in-tuh-rog-uh-tawr-uh-lee, -tohr-, -rog-uh-tawr-, -tohr-] /ˌɪn təˈrɒg əˌtɔr ə li, -ˌtoʊr-, -ˌrɒg əˈtɔr-, -ˈtoʊr-/, adverbun·in·ter·rog·a·to·ry, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for interrogatories

Historical Examples of interrogatories

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



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

    In School and Out

    Oliver Optic

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

    The Quadroon

    Mayne Reid

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

    The Ocean Waifs

    Mayne Reid

  • Learn the lines one at a time by the method of interrogatories.

British Dictionary definitions for interrogatories


pl n

law written questions asked by one party to a suit, to which the other party has to give written answers under oath



expressing or involving a question

noun plural -tories

a question or interrogation
Derived Formsinterrogatorily, 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