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:
The question is, will we continue to fight what may be a rearguard action to defend universal literacy as a central goal of our education system, or are we bold enough to see what's actually happening to our culture?-- Hugh Mackay ( -)
The question is, what are we to do in order to consolidate peace on a universal and durable foundation, and what are the essential elements of such a peace?-- Arthur Henderson (British Politician)
Hardly any actor objects to press. It's a question of it being done in the way they like to see it done, meaning to get down to the serious interview what the profession is so we can reach out to the people to help them get along.-- Harvey Keitel (American Actor)
There is no question that we must do more to secure our borders - but how we go about securing them is also important.-- Mark Udall (American Politician)
The question really is how do we get Embassy Officers into the minds of the American business community. That is a much more difficult task than understanding a statistical matrix.-- Lawrence Eagleburger (American Diplomat)
The question arises whether all lawyers are the same. This is like asking whether everything that gets into a sewer is garbage.-- Florynce R. Kennedy ( -)
There are two sides to every question: my side and the wrong side.-- Oscar Levant (American Composer)
There is no question that al-Qaida operatives are currently active in Iraq. A premature exit before the threat they represent has been dealt with would endanger America and the prospects of eventual peace in the Middle East.-- Robert Foster Bennett (American Politician)
When the people who are responsible for our country ask you a direct question, I expect them to accept a direct answer, not to be blackballed because you are telling the truth.-- Eartha Kitt (American Actress)
But in answer to your question about the conspiracy angle, I think that any historian worth his salt, and this is where I fault Stephen Ambrose and a lot of these guys who attack me - not all of life is a result of conspiracy by any means! Accident occurs alongside conspiracy.-- Oliver Stone (American Director)
Black people don't even question things any more, they simply follow the lead.-- Tim Reid (American Actor)
It has generally been assumed that of two opposing systems of philosophy, e.g., realism and idealism, one only can be true and one must be false; and so philosophers have been hopelessly divided on the question, which is the true one.-- Morris Raphael Cohen (Russian Philosopher)
At issue in the Hiss Case was the question whether this sick society, which we call Western civilization, could in its extremity still cast up a man whose faith in it was so great that he would voluntarily abandon those things which men hold good, including life, to defend it.-- Whittaker Chambers (American Writer)
I don't tend to question things that much. If it feels right, I go for it.-- Sarah McLachlan (Canadian Musician)
Being religious means asking passionately the question of the meaning of our existence and being willing to receive answers, even if the answers hurt.-- Paul Tillich (German Theologian)
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)
At a Boston signing, someone from the audience asked why I was so obsessed with furniture in my books. The question rattled around in my head. I had no idea that I was obsessed with furniture.-- Jonathan Carroll (American Author)
We throw all our attention on the utterly idle question whether A has done as well as B, when the only question is whether A has done as well as he could.-- William Graham Sumner (American Businessman)
It was a good 15 or 20 years before anyone at Rand would be in the same room with me. They didn't want the question raised, 'What's your relationship with Daniel Ellsberg?' And not one of them wrote me a letter because they didn't want a letter of theirs to show up in my trash - which the FBI had been going through.-- Daniel Ellsberg (American Celebrity)
Thus in such a Labour Party there can be no question of independent policy.-- Karl Radek (Ukrainian Politician)
It's a question of why they come for your advice. Whatever I tell you, it doesn't matter, it is completely irrelevant in a way. I know so many actors who were discouraged and put that aside. You will get half-baked opinions.-- Michael York (British Actor)
Oh yes, much, because music is just something that comes to you. You don't question it.-- Bryan Ferry (English Musician)
This question about Iraq has gotten personal.-- Gerhard Schroder (German Statesman)
This is a very difficult question. If you take a look at the aging population and demographics, we are going to have a big increase in the number of health care jobs needed in the state and in the country.-- David Obey (American Politician)
That still has to be there. And so, it's kind of an interesting question you brought up. Because, on the one hand, yeah, it'd be lovely. I certainly don't see that happening. In fact, I see the opposite happening.-- Danny Elfman (American Musician)
In the time honored tradition of email, just ignore the question. -- John Dobbin ( -)
But as you say, the fundamental stumbling block is the question of the future of the economy. And it's not just the sort of economic laboratory question, of what kind of system would best generate growth, which is the way it's presented.-- Joe Slovo (South African Politician)
A civilized man is one who will give a serious answer to a serious question. Civilization itself is a certain sane balance of values.-- Ezra Pound (American Poet)
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)
The key to wisdom is this - constant and frequent questioning, for by doubting we are led to question and by questioning we arrive at the truth.-- Peter Abelard (French Philosopher)
I've criticized President Bush for his failure to use his veto pen. There's plenty of blame to go around. The question is how to solve problems. It's not bailouts. What made America great? Free markets, free enterprise, manufacturing, job creation. That's how we're gonna do it, not by enlarging government.-- Scott Brown (American Politician)
What most people didn't realize in the Western countries is that here its not a question of having supporters, its a question of getting these votes to the polling stations.-- Imran Khan (Pakistani Athlete)
The only question with wealth is, what do you do with it?-- John D. Rockefeller (American Businessman)
For a woman to consider a financial question was shuddered over as a profanity.-- Victoria Woodhull (American Activist)
What Shakespeare and the Greeks were able to do was radically question what it meant to be a human being.-- Edward Bond (English Playwright)
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