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.

Origin of questioning

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

Related forms

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

Definition for questioning (2 of 2)

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 (1 of 2)

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 Forms

questioningly, adverb

British Dictionary definitions for questioning (2 of 2)

question

/ (ˈkwɛstʃən) /

noun


verb (mainly tr)

Derived Forms

questioner, 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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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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