- 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 questioned
His family members and neighbors also questioned police claims that Gonzalez did not follow officer orders.Worse Than Eric Garner: Cops Who Got Away With Killing Autistic Men and Little Girls|Emily Shire|December 4, 2014|DAILY BEAST
He will also likely be questioned by the lawyer for Domnica Cemortan.
He will then be questioned by dozens of lawyers representing passengers and crewmembers.
And while such a severe punishment is questioned every few years, it works.
Her integrity had been questioned two years prior, when 60 Minutes sent a camera crew to document the child prodigy in action.
He ate because his mother filled his plate; but if he had been questioned, he could scarcely have told what he was eating.Baron Trigault's Vengeance|Emile Gaboriau
Then, turning to a man seated a little distance from him, he questioned him, with the same result.Pharos, The Egyptian|Guy Newell Boothby
He questioned with himself as to the wisdom of seeing him again that night.The Lamp in the Desert|Ethel M. Dell
Thompson, who has a thirst for every kind of information, questioned and cross-questioned the boy.Our Casualty And Other Stories|James Owen Hannay, AKA George A. Birmingham
Then the people would get down again and somebody else would get up and be questioned.The Voyages of Doctor Dolittle|Hugh Lofting
- 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.