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
question.

There arose a question between some of John's
disciples and the Jews about purifying. -- John iii.
25.

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.
--Blackstone.

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;
unquestionably.

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
consideration.

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,
n.]
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.
-- Shak.

Syn: To ask; interrogate; catechise; doubt; controvert;
dispute.

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
questioner.

Synonyms: call into question, doubt, doubtfulness, dubiousness, enquiry, head, inquiry, interrogate, interrogation, interrogative, interrogative sentence, interview, motion, oppugn, query, query

Antonyms: answer

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 way you want to respond is to ask a question: Is this technology directly relevant to our hedgehog concept? If the answer is YES, then we want to become pioneers, not in the technology, but in the application of that technology specifically linked to our hedgehog concept.

-- James Collins ( Athlete)

Learn avidly. Question repeatedly what you have learned. Analyze it carefully. Then put what you have learned into practice intelligently.

-- Edward Cocker (English Author)

I had this habit of an academic of answering the question. I should have fobbed it off.

-- John Hewson (Australian Politician)

The great question that has never been answered, and which I have not yet been able to answer, despite my thirty years of research into the feminine soul, is "What does a woman want?"

-- Sigmund Freud (Austrian Psychologist)

Abortion is a question of choice.

-- Robert Casey (American Politician)

So there's a lot of people tied into believing that the traditional response to the authorship question. In terms of actors, some people get very angry about it.

-- Mark Rylance (English Actor)

If a man loves the labour of his trade, apart from any question of success or fame, the gods have called him.

-- Robert Louis Stevenson (Scottish Writer)

I have been watching and drawing the surface of Mars. It is wonderfully full of detail. There is certainly no question about there being mountains and large greatly elevated plateaus.

-- Edward E. Barnard (American Scientist)

Any time I break up with Dawson or question him, viewers turn against me.

-- Katie Holmes (American Actress)

A question that sometimes drives me hazy: am I or are the others crazy?

-- Albert Einstein (German Physicist)

Already old, the question Who shall die? Becomes unspoken Who is innocent?

-- Karl Shapiro (American Poet)

If somebody's not prepared to answer the question, you can keep asking.

-- Martin Bashir (British Journalist)

The most erroneous stories are those we think we know best - and therefore never scrutinize or question.

-- Stephen Jay Gould (American Scientist)

Well, there's no question that a good script is an absolutely essential, maybe the essential thing for a movie.

-- Sydney Pollack (American Director)

The way to develop decisiveness is to start right where you are, with the very next question you face.

-- Napoleon Hill (American Writer)

I would seriously question whether anybody is really foolish enough to really say what they mean. Sometimes I think that civilization as we know it would kind of break down if we all were completely honest.

-- Elizabeth Hurley ( Actress)

He said there is 80 of us, ready to come down and the next thing I knew is that Jo Brown dashed in and said your family has already moved and you have to move, the boat is ready to take you out. I didn't have time to ask, even ask a question.

-- Kamisese Mara (Fijian Statesman)

The problem of Italy is not really a question of age. Japan has an older population, and it is now in full economic recovery. The problem is that Italy is old in the structure of the society.

-- Romano Prodi (Italian Statesman)

Is there any wonder why we are in such big trouble? Any question why the people don't trust their government anymore, and demand a change?

-- Chris Christie (American Politician)

It was a question of helping a man prepare in the way that suits him best. The theory is if you give a man responsibility for his own actions, then it is up to him to accept that responsibility.

-- David Gower (English Athlete)

I thought we would have at most an audience of 5,000 devotees because I made the decision to stick to craft, not to gossip, not to be interested in any of the juicy stuff that they talk about on other shows, but stick to the question of craft.

-- James Lipton (American Educator)

So it's mainly a question of helping the Third World overcome the effects of global warming.

-- Bjorn Lomborg (Danish Scientist)

The question is the morning after. What sort of Iraq do we wake up to after the bombing? What happens in the region? What impact could it have? These are questions leaders I have spoken to have posed.

-- Kofi Annan ( Statesman)

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)

The most important question in the world is, 'Why is the child crying?'

-- Alice Walker (American Author)

The only question to ask yourself is, how much are you willing to sacrifice to achieve this success?

-- Larry Flynt (American Publisher)

Are we a Christian nation now? It's doubtful. But did we start out as one? Without question.

-- Pat Robertson (American Clergyman)

As a former veteran, I understand the needs of veterans, and have been clear - we will work together, stand together with the Administration, but we will also question their policies when they shortchange veterans and military retirees.

-- Solomon Ortiz (American Politician)

When the media ask George W. Bush a question, he answers, 'Can I use a lifeline?'

-- Robin Williams (American Comedian)

When it is a question of God's almighty Spirit, never say, "I can't."

-- Oswald Chambers (Scottish Theologian)

The question is not, "Can they reason?" nor, "Can they talk?" but rather, "Can they suffer?"

-- Jeremy Bentham (English Philosopher)

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)

That is, a system starts with a group of interrelated propositions which involve reference to empirical observations within the logical framework of the propositions in question.

-- Talcott Parsons (American Sociologist)

A lot of people have this strategy where if they have a hard question they wait to ask it to the end of the interview because they think the person is going to walk out. But what they have to realize is, is that if the person walks out, they have a pretty successful story.

-- Chuck Klosterman (American Critic)

Good history is a question of survival. Without any past, we will deprive ourselves of the defining impression of our being.

-- Ken Burns (American Director)


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