- 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
Examples from the Web for questioner
Contemporary Examples of questioner
Usually the questioner is looking for a certain and short answer to what, in their mind, ought to be a black or white issue.The Chronic Chronicles: A History of Pot
July 6, 2014
First questioner stood up and said he felt cheated because he had come to hear a physicist in a wheelchair.Richard Dawkins: How I Write
November 27, 2013
In the exchange, outside of the famous Stonewall Inn, the questioner asks, "Do you still believe the West Bank is not occupied?"Anthony Weiner Stands By Claim That West Bank Isn't Occupied By Israel
June 27, 2013
“We are praying for you with this media bias,” said one questioner.Ryan Walks Back Romney’s ‘Victim’ Talk on Leaked Video
September 18, 2012
Corzine nonetheless answered as if his questioner had the moral authority to ask.Jon Corzine Can’t Answer $1.2 Billion Question About MF Global at Hearing
December 16, 2011
Historical Examples of questioner
"Your committee," said Mr. Durant, politely ignoring the manner of the questioner.Ester Ried Yet Speaking
In his eagerness, Chicago Red moved toward his questioner—unwisely.
His eyes, which had been downcast, lifted and glared on the questioner.
The shoe dropped to the ground, and he sat looking fixedly at the questioner.A Tale of Two Cities
Miss Earle looked for a moment indignantly at her questioner.In a Steamer Chair and Other Stories
- 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
1550s, agent noun from question (v.).
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.