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:


It is an open question whether any behavior based on fear of eternal punishment can be regarded as ethical or should be regarded as merely cowardly.

-- Margaret Mead (American Scientist)

The question is: how bad do things have to get before you will do something about it? Where is your line in the sand? If you don't enforce the constitutional limitations on your government very soon, you are likely to find out what World War III will be like.

-- Michael Badnarik (American Politician)

I hope this view of the question may be a mistaken one, because it does not seem to me very unlikely that the suffrage will be granted to women.

-- John Bright (British Politician)

On the other hand, ethnic psychology must always come to the assistance of individual psychology, when the developmental forms of the complex mental processes are in question.

-- Wilhelm Wundt (German Psychologist)

There are people that bring artists to me to look at it and it's a question of whether I like their music and their look and if I think there's something they have that makes them different and commercial.

-- Kenneth Edmonds (American Musician)

What is in question is a kind of book reviewing which seems to be more and more popular: the loose putting down of opinions as though they were facts, and the treating of facts as though they were opinions.

-- Gore Vidal (American Novelist)

I can honestly say that I was never affected by the question of the success of an undertaking. If I felt it was the right thing to do, I was for it regardless of the possible outcome.

-- Golda Meir (Israeli Leader)

The issues surrounding illegal immigration are wide-ranging and complex, but there is no question about the need to secure our borders.

-- Roger Wicker (American Politician)

President Johnson had a habit of throwing dollars at a question and the question would disappear.

-- Wilbur Mills (American Politician)

With the hugely talented women I've worked with or observed, it's not a question about temperament or ego; it's a question about getting it right. If they've got a reputation for being difficult it's usually because they just don't suffer fools.

-- Glenn Close ( Actress)

The question is not only what is grown but what it's used for. There's not going to be a mass transformation of dietary habits in rich countries-on the contrary, the first thing people do when they become more prosperous is to buy more meat.

-- Susan George (American Activist)

And the sculptor woman was so clever in the way she did it. She had the beret just about to leave my hand. So it's attached to this finger and that's what will keep it there. And I'm looking up at it, so there's no question but that that beret is going to fly.

-- Mary Tyler Moore (American Actress)

I now announce myself as candidate for the Presidency. I anticipate criticism; but however unfavorable I trust that my sincerity will not be called into question.

-- Victoria Woodhull (American Activist)

I tell fundamentalists that there is no question of them attacking our Republic's foundations.

-- Jean-Pierre Raffarin (French Politician)

To do or not to do... that is the question.

-- Jeff Rich (American Explorer)

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)

In all affairs it's a healthy thing now and then to hang a question mark on the things you have long taken for granted.

-- Bertrand Russell (British Philosopher)

If not for music, I would probably be a very frustrated scientist. It's one way to answer the question, 'What is the meaning of life?' I feel music answers it better.

-- Paula Cole (American Musician)

It is a question whether, when we break a murderer on the wheel, we do not fall into the error a child makes when it hits the chair it has bumped into.

-- Georg C. Lichtenberg ( Physicist)

I don't think a tough question is disrespectful.

-- Helen Thomas (American Journalist)

After that he turned to the question of invading England. Hitler said that during the previous year he could not afford to risk a possible failure; apart from that, he had not wished to provoke the British, as he hoped to arrange peace talks.

-- Kurt Student (German Soldier)

My painting is visible images which conceal nothing... they evoke mystery and indeed when one sees one of my pictures, one asks oneself this simple question 'What does that mean'? It does not mean anything, because mystery means nothing either, it is unknowable.

-- Rene Magritte (Belgian Artist)

How far the existence of the Academy has influenced French literature, either for good or for evil, is an extremely dubious question.

-- Lytton Strachey (English Critic)

If the president is failing to disclose material facts with regard to legislation being presented to the Congress on a question as important as war and peace, I think it does impair the level of trust that the House and the Senate have for this administration.

-- John Dingell (American Politician)

No doubt exists that all women are crazy; it's only a question of degree.

-- W. C. Fields (American Comedian)

That's a good question. Let me try to evade you.

-- Paul Tsongas (American Politician)

There is no question that managed care is managed cost, and the idea is that you can save a lot of money and make health care costs less if you ration it.

-- Charlie Norwood (American Politician)

Without question, the material world and your everyday needs distract you from living meaningfully.

-- Menachem Mendel Schneerson (American Leader)

In the year 1915 a series of trivial incidents led some Chinese students in Cornell University to take up the question of reforming the Chinese language.

-- Hu Shih (Chinese Philosopher)

After the turbulence of death, moral principles and even religious proofs are called into question.

-- Salvatore Quasimodo (Italian Author)

Question everything.

-- Maria Mitchell (American Scientist)

Who is Mike Judge? Let me think. The only way I could possibly answer that question would be in a nonverbal fashion. I think I could do an interpretive dance that would answer that question for you.

-- Mike Judge (American Producer)

The greatest gift is not being afraid to question.

-- Ruby Dee (American Actress)

Now the big question is if you are going to go to all the trouble of setting an opera and making all that music and so on, there's got to be some aspect that you can do in an opera that really makes it worth while.

-- William Bolcom (American Composer)

Once we get them in the studio, you interview a person the same way you would interview another. You ask them a question. You let them answer. You try to listen closely and then ask a follow-up.

-- Bob Schieffer (American Journalist)


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