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noun
Also called interrogation point, interrogation mark. a mark indicating a question: usually, as in English, the mark (?) placed after a question.
something unanswered or unknown: His identity is still a question mark to most of us.
an anglewing butterfly, Polygonia interrogationis, having silver spots shaped like a question mark on the underside of each hind wing.
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Origin of question mark

First recorded in 1865–70
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British Dictionary definitions for question mark

question mark

noun
the punctuation mark ?, used at the end of questions and in other contexts where doubt or ignorance is implied
this mark used for any other purpose, as to draw attention to a possible mistake, as in a chess commentary
an element of doubt or uncertainty
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Cultural definitions for question mark

question mark

A punctuation mark (?) that follows a direct question: “Is Ralph really seven feet tall?”

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