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  1. a list of questions, usually printed, submitted for replies that can be analyzed for usable information: a questionnaire used in market research.
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Origin of questionnaire

1895–1900; < French, equivalent to question(er) to question + -aire; see -ary
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  1. a set of questions on a form, submitted to a number of people in order to collect statistical information
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Word Origin

C20: from French, from questionner to ask questions
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Word Origin and History for questionnaire


1901, from French questionnaire "list of formal questions," from questionner "to question," (see question (v.)). Purists preferred native formation questionary (1540s); cf. -ary.

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