- a controversy that is submitted to a judicial tribunal or administrative agency for decision.
- the interrogation by which information is secured.
- Obsolete.judicial examination or trial.
verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
- to dispute; challenge.
- to cast doubt upon; question: This report calls into question all previous research on the subject.
- under consideration.
- in dispute.
Origin of question
Synonyms for question
Antonyms for question
Related Words for questionquery, investigation, inquiry, questioning, mystery, objection, confusion, challenge, uncertainty, argument, difficulty, problem, debate, dispute, point, discussion, topic, theme, proposal, subject
Examples from the Web for question
Contemporary Examples of question
She narrowed her eyes, bit her lip as if to chew over the question, and whisked some stray blond hairs away from her face.Powerful Congressman Writes About ‘Fleshy Breasts’
January 7, 2015
Her post-crown fame, though, only further begs the question: Why has there not been another Jewish Miss America since 1945?Why Was Bess Myerson the First and Last Jewish Miss America?
January 7, 2015
He also bragged about earning a PhD, a point Smerconish did not question.The Price of Steve Scalise’s Silence
January 7, 2015
The woman in question, meanwhile, has business of her own to take care of—she is reported to be shopping a memoir.From Playboy Prince to Dirty Old Man?
January 5, 2015
The question is will we see regime changes in both Hamas and Israel that embrace a lasting peace?In the Middle East, the Two-State Solution Is Dead
January 2, 2015
Historical Examples of question
A vote was taken on the question of exile, and the black pebbles predominated.Philothea
Lydia Maria Child
Whether it had ever been painted, was a question not easily solved.
These losses are doubtless irreparable so far as the stocks in question are concerned.The Spenders
Harry Leon Wilson
Arrived at Calcutta, the question arose: "What shall we do with him?"
After watching Hope for a time in silence, she began to question her.Malbone
Thomas Wentworth Higginson
- an act of asking
- an investigation into some problem or difficulty
- to avoid giving a direct answer by posing another question
- to assume the truth of that which is intended to be provedSee petitio principii
- to make (something) the subject of disagreement
- to cast doubt upon the validity, truth, etc, of (something)
verb (mainly tr)
Word Origin for question
early 13c., "philosophical or theological problem;" early 14c. as "utterance meant to elicit an answer or discussion," also as "a difficulty, a doubt," from Anglo-French questiun, Old French question "question, difficulty, problem; legal inquest, interrogation, torture," from Latin quaestionem (nominative quaestio) "a seeking, a questioning, inquiry, examining, judicial investigation," noun of action from past participle stem of quaerere "ask, seek" (see query (v.)).
No question "undoubtedly" is from mid-15c; no questions asked "accountability not required" is from 1879 (especially in newspaper advertisements seeking the return of something lost or stolen). Question mark is from 1849, sometimes also question stop (1862); figurative use is from 1869. To be out of the question (c.1700) is to be not pertinent to the subject, hence "not to be considered."
late 15c., from question (n.) and from Middle French questionner "ask questions, interrogate, torture" (13c.), from question (n.). Related: Questioned; questioning. Alternative questionize attested from 1847.
see ask a stupid question; beg the question; beside the point (question); beyond question; burning question; call in question; in question; leading question; loaded question; open question; out of the question; pop the question; rhetorical question; without question.