- 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)
- quesada, gonzalo jiménez de,
- quesnay, françois,
- question mark,
- question master,
- question of fact,
- question of law,
- question period
- 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
Examples from the Web for 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’|Asawin Suebsaeng|January 7, 2015|DAILY BEAST
He also bragged about earning a PhD, a point Smerconish did not question.
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?|Emily Shire|January 7, 2015|DAILY BEAST
The woman in question, meanwhile, has business of her own to take care of—she is reported to be shopping a memoir.
One question was why Lynch did not think this was also true of cops who turned their backs earlier on Sunday.
This, then, is the man who has undertaken to crush my friend Lecour on the question of extraction!The False Chevalier|William Douw Lighthall
“Nothing at all, chère petite madame”—question and answer came many times a day.The Joyous Adventures of Aristide Pujol|William J. Locke
I wrote the one here in question, which met with general acceptance; and I do not remember that any one else competed.The Germ|Various
Again a question bellowed forth from the megaphone, "Oh, Lucien: where did he hit you?"William Adolphus Turnpike|William Banks
That was a very serious matter, apparently, and there was no question that it was true.The History of Cuba, vol. 1|Willis Fletcher Johnson
- 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.