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[in-tuh-rog-uh-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee]
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  1. conveying or expressing a question; interrogative.
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noun, plural in·ter·rog·a·to·ries.
  1. a question; inquiry.
  2. Law. a formal or written question.
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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
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Related Words for interrogatory

probe, hearing, disquisition, query, poll, check, inquest, question, research, investigation, examination, exploration, inquisition, questioning, interrogation, quest, pursuit, scrutiny, audit, search

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Historical Examples of interrogatory

  • "This is a grateful day for women," thought Vernon, looking the interrogatory.

    The Incomplete Amorist

    E. Nesbit

  • The interrogatory of the prisoner was followed by a brief commotion in court.

  • You are immensely illiterate; but I will reply to your interrogatory.

  • This interrogatory was the last undergone by Captain Wright.

  • Then, to repeat my interrogatory, what was you a doing of with the kitten in the hogshead?

British Dictionary definitions for interrogatory


  1. expressing or involving a question
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noun plural -tories
  1. a question or interrogation
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Derived Formsinterrogatorily, adverb
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Word Origin and History for interrogatory


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

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