- question period,
- question time,
Origin of questioning
- 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)
Origin of question
Examples from the Web for questioning
But, growing up, he had never ascribed to any kind of religion, always doubting and questioning it.
After just a “few minutes” of questioning at Cobalt, he was subject to enhanced interrogation techniques.
The line of questioning is a regular ritual conducted between Sen. Dianne Feinstein and the press corps.
The spirit of the novel is one of doubt and questioning; its knowledge is provisional and its perspectives multiple.
Amir moves from a swaggering hotshot who seems to know it all to a broken man now questioning everything.Religion, Race, and a Broadway Hit: The Making of ‘Disgraced’|Tim Teeman|November 10, 2014|DAILY BEAST
He looked at her keen, questioning, and she bleached to the lips.The Lost Pibroch|Neil Munro
I had never thought of questioning the justice of the verdict expressed against me.An Autobiography|Anthony Trollope
Marion gave her daughter one loving look, and entering cast a fearful, questioning glance around the kitchen.Heather and Snow|George MacDonald
Formerly, the younger girl would have persisted in questioning her about the proposed journey, and in knowing its purpose.The Plow-Woman|Eleanor Gates
It would be a mere waste of words to persist in questioning her.The Two Destinies|Wilkie Collins
- 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.