questioning

[ kwes-chuh-ning ]
/ ˈkwɛs tʃə nɪŋ /

adjective

indicating or implying a question: a questioning tone in her voice.
characterized by or indicating intellectual curiosity; inquiring: an alert and questioning mind.

noun

an inquiry or interrogation.

Nearby words

  1. question period,
  2. question time,
  3. questionable,
  4. questionary,
  5. questioner,
  6. questioningly,
  7. questionless,
  8. questionlessly,
  9. questionmaster,
  10. questionnaire

Origin of questioning

First recorded in 1795–1805; question + -ing2, -ing1

Related formsques·tion·ing·ly, adverbhalf-ques·tion·ing, adjectivehalf-ques·tion·ing·ly, adverbun·ques·tion·ing, adjective

question

[ kwes-chuhn ]
/ ˈkwɛs tʃən /

noun

verb (used with object)

verb (used without object)

to ask a question or questions.

Origin of question

1250–1300; (noun) Middle English questio(u)n, questiun < Anglo-French questiun, Middle French question < Latin quaestiōn- (stem of quaestiō), equivalent to quaes-, stem of quaerere to ask + -tiōn- -tion; (v.) late Middle English < Middle French questioner, derivative of the noun

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British Dictionary definitions for questioning

questioning

/ (ˈkwɛstʃənɪŋ) /

adjective

proceeding from or characterized by a feeling of doubt or uncertainty
enthusiastic or eager for philosophical or other investigations; intellectually stimulatedan alert and questioning mind
Derived Formsquestioningly, adverb

question

/ (ˈkwɛstʃən) /

noun

verb (mainly tr)

Derived Formsquestioner, noun

Word Origin for question

C13: via Old French from Latin quaestiō, from quaerere to seek

usage

The question whether should be used rather than the question of whether or the question as to whether: this leaves open the question whether he acted correctly

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Word Origin and History for questioning
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Idioms and Phrases with questioning

question

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.

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