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
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Examples from the Web for questioning
Contemporary Examples of questioning
But, growing up, he had never ascribed to any kind of religion, always doubting and questioning it.Beaten By His Church for Being Gay
December 16, 2014
After just a “few minutes” of questioning at Cobalt, he was subject to enhanced interrogation techniques.Inside the CIA’s Sadistic Dungeon
December 9, 2014
The line of questioning is a regular ritual conducted between Sen. Dianne Feinstein and the press corps.CIA Torture Report ‘Days’ Away, Feinstein Says
December 2, 2014
The spirit of the novel is one of doubt and questioning; its knowledge is provisional and its perspectives multiple.The Birth of the Novel
November 27, 2014
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’
November 10, 2014
Historical Examples of questioning
There was no questioning of such a known man as Bill Dozier.Way of the Lawless
They would be interesting, beyond shadow of questioning, horribly interesting.
Yet, his duty required that he should continue his questioning.
There was no reply; and, after a little interval, the lawyer resumed his questioning.
There was something about her eyes not unlike the dog's expression, submissive, but questioning.K
Mary Roberts Rinehart
- 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.