Definitions for: Question
[n] uncertainty about the truth or factuality of existence of something; "the dubiousness of his claim"; "there is no question about the validity of the enterprise"
[n] the subject matter at issue; "the question of disease merits serious discussion"; "under the head of minor Roman poets"
[n] an informal reference to a marriage proposal; "he was ready to pop the question"
[n] a formal proposal for action made to a deliberative assembly for discussion and vote; "he made a motion to adjourn"; "she called for the question"
[n] an instance of questioning; "there was a question about my training"; "we made inquiries of all those who were present"
[n] a sentence of inquiry that asks for a reply; "he asked a direct question"; "he had trouble phrasing his interrogations"
[v] pose a question
[v] pose a series of questions to; "The suspect was questioned by the police"; "We questioned the survivor about the details of the explosion"
[v] conduct an interview in television, newspaper, and radio reporting
[v] challenge the accuracy, probity, or propriety of; "We must question your judgment in this matter"
[v] place in doubt or express doubtful speculation; "I wonder whether this was the right thing to do"; "she wondered whether it would snow tonight"
Webster (1913) Definition: Ques"tion, n. [F., fr. L. quaestio, fr. quaerere,
quaesitum, to seek for, ask, inquire. See Quest, n.]
1. The act of asking; interrogation; inquiry; as, to examine
by question and answer.
2. Discussion; debate; hence, objection; dispute; doubt; as,
the story is true beyond question; he obeyed without
There arose a question between some of John's
disciples and the Jews about purifying. -- John iii.
It is to be to question, whether it be lawful for
Christian princes to make an invasive war simply for
the propagation of the faith. -- Bacon.
3. Examination with reference to a decisive result;
investigation; specifically, a judicial or official
investigation; also, examination under torture.
He that was in question for the robbery. Shak. The
Scottish privy council had power to put state
prisoners to the question. --Macaulay.
4. That which is asked; inquiry; interrogatory; query.
But this question asked Puts me in doubt. Lives
there who loves his pain ? --Milton.
5. Hence, a subject of investigation, examination, or debate;
theme of inquiry; matter to be inquired into; as, a
delicate or doubtful question.
6. Talk; conversation; speech; speech. [Obs.] --Shak.
In question, in debate; in the course of examination or
discussion; as, the matter or point in question.
Leading question. See under Leading.
Out of question, unquestionably. ``Out of question, 't is
Maria's hand.'' --Shak.
Out of the question. See under Out.
Past question, beyond question; certainly; undoubtedly;
Previous question, a question put to a parliamentary
assembly upon the motion of a member, in order to
ascertain whether it is the will of the body to vote at
once, without further debate, on the subject under
Note: The form of the question is: ``Shall the main question
be now put?'' If the vote is in the affirmative, the
matter before the body must be voted upon as it then
stands, without further general debate or the
submission of new amendments. In the House of
Representatives of the United States, and generally in
America, a negative decision operates to keep the
business before the body as if the motion had not been
made; but in the English Parliament, it operates to
postpone consideration for the day, and until the
subject may be again introduced. In American practice,
the object of the motion is to hasten action, and it is
made by a friend of the measure. In English practice,
the object is to get rid of the subject for the time
being, and the motion is made with a purpose of voting
against it. --Cushing.
To beg the question. See under Beg.
To the question, to the point in dispute; to the real
matter under debate.
Syn: Point; topic; subject.
Ques"tion, v. i. [imp. & p. p. Questioned; p. pr. &
vb. n. Questioning.] [Cf. F. questionner. See Question,
1. To ask questions; to inquire.
He that questioneth much shall learn much. --Bacon.
2. To argue; to converse; to dispute. [Obs.]
I pray you, think you question with the Jew. --Shak.
Ques"tion, v. t.
1. To inquire of by asking questions; to examine by
interrogatories; as, to question a witness.
2. To doubt of; to be uncertain of; to query.
And most we question what we most desire. --Prior.
3. To raise a question about; to call in question; to make
objection to. ``But have power and right to question thy
bold entrance on this place.'' --Milton.
4. To talk to; to converse with.
With many holiday and lady terms he questioned me.
Syn: To ask; interrogate; catechise; doubt; controvert;
Usage: Question, Inquire, Interrogate. To inquire is merely
to ask for information, and implies no authority in
the one who asks. To interrogate is to put repeated
questions in a formal or systematic fashion to elicit
some particular fact or facts. To question has a wider
sense than to interrogate, and often implies an
attitude of distrust or opposition on the part of the
Synonyms: call into question, doubt, doubtfulness, dubiousness, enquiry, head, inquiry, interrogate, interrogation, interrogative, interrogative sentence, interview, motion, oppugn, query, query
See Also: ask, challenge, check out, chew over, contemplate, converse, cross-question, debrief, discourse, enquire, examine, excogotate, feel out, inquire, inquiring, interpellate, leading question, marriage offer, marriage proposal, matter of fact, matter of law, meditate, mull, mull over, muse, ponder, problem, proposal, proposal of marriage, pump, question of fact, question of law, questioning, reflect, ruminate, scruple, sentence, sound out, speculate, subject, theme, think over, topic, uncertainness, uncertainty, wonder, yes-no question
Famous Quotes Containing Question:
Indeed, if a chief question does remain: how is the power to think possible? - The power to think right and left, before and without, with and above experience? then it does not take a deduction to prove the genealogical priority of language.-- Johann G. Hamann ( -)
To be a bitch or not to be a bitch, that is the question. -- Shannen Doherty (American Actress)
We are all agreed that your theory is crazy. The question which divides us is whether it is crazy enough to have a chance of being correct. My own feeling is that it is not crazy enough.-- Niels Bohr (Danish Physicist)
A question that sometimes drives me hazy: am I or are the others crazy?-- Albert Einstein (German Physicist)
There is a limit to the application of democratic methods. You can inquire of all the passengers as to what type of car they like to ride in, but it is impossible to question them as to whether to apply the brakes when the train is at full speed and accident threatens.-- Leon Trotsky (Russian Revolutionary)
Entertaining these opinions of the course to be pursued, I beg of gentlemen to look at the question, as I have done, in a calm review of facts and of principles.-- Caleb Cushing (American Diplomat)
Everything in our foreign and domestic policy is a question of issue for the American people to vote on.-- John Dingell (American Politician)
It's a natural thing for people to say, you know, Who's in this book? I find myself get ting a little defensive. People come along and I'm waiting for that first question. -- Hugh Leonard (Irish Dramatist)
I found I wasn't asking good enough questions because I assumed I knew something. I would box them into a corner with a badly formed question, and they didn't know how to get out of it. Now, I let them take me through it step by step, and I listen.-- Alan Alda (American Actor)
I've learned that life is very tricky business: Each person needs to find what they want to do in life and not be dissuaded when people question them.-- Eli Wallach (American Actor)
It may well be said that the answer to the question: Of what do the cosmic rays in fact consist before they produce their familiar secondary radiation phenomena in the earth's atmosphere? can only be obtained from numerous measurements in the stratosphere.-- Victor Francis Hess (American Physicist)
There is no question you get pumped up by the recognition. Then a self-loathing sets in when you realise you're enjoying it.-- George C. Scott (American Actor)
Sometimes it is said that man cannot be trusted with the government of himself. Can he, then be trusted with the government of others? Or have we found angels in the form of kings to govern him? Let history answer this question. -- Thomas Jefferson (American President)
I do not want to speak about overpopulation or birth control, but I think education is the way to give new impetus to the poverty question. -- Harri Holkeri (Finnish Politician)
We want to encourage those who are able to work, no question. -- Gerhard Schroder (German Statesman)
If you do not know how to ask the right question, you discover nothing.-- W. Edwards Deming (American Scientist)
So my father was a person who never lied to me. If I had a question, he answered it. I knew a lot of things at a young age because I was intrigued.-- Nick Cannon (American Musician)
I said to the German Ambassador that, as long as there was only a dispute between Austria and Serbia alone, I did not feel entitled to intervene; but that, directly it was a matter between Austria and Russia, it became a question of the peace of Europe, which concerned us all.-- Edward Grey (British Politician)
There's no question that many more women artists are showing worldwide now than they were when I was a young woman, and that's really great.-- Judy Chicago (American Artist)
The question is what I wanted to do with the new life God has given me. This is the mission I want to take on.-- Billy Tauzin (American Politician)
Liberal democracy - as you know, in the old days, we were saying we want socialism with a human face. Today's left effectively offers global capitalism with a human face, more tolerance, more rights and so on. So the question is, is this enough or not? Here I remain a Marxist: I think not.-- Slavoj Zizek ( Philosopher)
I had been told by so many people that I was going to be nominated, that I should be nominated, that there wasn't any question about my being nominated. I don't think it was a surprise.-- Gloria Stuart (American Actress)
When you're writing these things, you're in a room making each other laugh, you really have very little sense of political correctness or incorrectness. This is a question that Europe tends to ask and America doesn't.-- Mike Myers (Canadian Comedian)
I missed that question on Alaska. I hear they want to make it a state now.-- Anson Williams (American Actor)
It is better to debate a question without settling it than to settle a question without debating it.-- Joseph Joubert (French Writer)
We are in a democratic society. It's our job to question. -- Kurt Russell (American Actor)
I don't think I would want the responsibility for enforcing the death penalties. There's always the inevitable question of whether someone you gave the order to execute might truly have been innocent.-- Jesse Ventura (American Politician)
It is not a question of who dances but of who or what does not dance.-- Ruth St. Denis (American Dancer)
The question in their minds was, why did the outside world, and particularly the Western world, produce all these landmines, and send them to Afghanistan? This business must be stopped. It's a dirty business to produce such a horrible device.-- Mohsen Makhmalbaf (Iranian Director)
Where radio is different than fiction is that even mediocre fiction needs purpose, a driving question. -- Ira Glass (American Journalist)
Countries and states which have capital punishment have a much higher rate of murder and crime than countries that do not, so that makes sense to me, and the moral question - I struggle with it morally.-- Charlize Theron (South African Actress)
This consists of a series of meetings that may last several days through which information is provided that may include reviewing documentaries, news programs, court records and certain reports about the group in question. -- Rick Ross (American Celebrity)
Everything will change. The only question is growing up or decaying.-- Nikki Giovanni (American Poet)
There is hardly a political question in the United States which does not sooner or later turn into a judicial one.-- Alexis de Tocqueville (French Scientist)
I started to send my work to journals when I was 26, which was just a question of when I got the courage up. They were mostly journals I had been reading for the previous six or seven years.-- Marilyn Hacker (American Poet)
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