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:
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)
To do or not to do... that is the question. -- Jeff Rich (American Explorer)
Well, there's no question that a good script is an absolutely essential, maybe the essential thing for a movie.-- Sydney Pollack (American Director)
There is no such thing as an unreasonable question, or a silly question, or a frivolous question, or a waste-of-time question. It's your life, and you've got to get these answers.-- Marcia Wallace (American Actress)
I've been fortunate to come on places where the question isn't why did I do it? The question to me is always, why didn't anybody else do it before me? Those are the ones that I scratch my head about.-- Todd McFarlane (Canadian Artist)
The question is, are we happy to suppose that our grandchildren may never be able to see an elephant except in a picture book?-- David Attenborough (British Journalist)
My response, a dubious and hesitant one, is that it has been and may continue to be, in the time that is left to me, more productive to live out the question than to try to answer it in abstract terms.-- J. M. Coetzee (South African Author)
We are in a democratic society. It's our job to question. -- Kurt Russell (American Actor)
These critics organize and practice in my case a sort of obsessive personality cult which philosophers should know how to question and above all, to moderate.-- Jacques Derrida (French Philosopher)
What is the poem, after it is written? That is the question. Not where it came from or why.-- Allen Tate (American Poet)
I never had an occasion to question color, therefore, I only saw myself as what I was... a human being.-- Sidney Poitier (American Actor)
I think it's a question which particularly arises over women writers: whether it's better to have a happy life or a good supply of tragic plots.-- Wendy Cope (English Poet)
So it's mainly a question of helping the Third World overcome the effects of global warming.-- Bjorn Lomborg (Danish Scientist)
For a novelist, a given historic situation is an anthropologic laboratory in which he explores his basic question: What is human existence?-- Milan Kundera (Czechoslovakian Writer)
The Sandinista revolution was without any question a popular insurrection.-- Bianca Jagger (Nicaraguan Celebrity)
It's a question of not copying the masters, to look for something, good or bad, for oneself. To enter this liberated state of mind, one cannot copy the others.-- Nathalie Sarraute (Russian Lawyer)
Almost all the ideas we have about being a man or being a woman are so burdened with pain, anxiety, fear and self-doubt. For many of us, the confusion around this question is excruciating.-- Andrew Cohen (American Writer)
To have one's own story told by a third party who doesn't know that the character in question is himself the hero of the story being told, that's a technical refinement.-- Raymond Queneau (French Poet)
This question about Iraq has gotten personal.-- Gerhard Schroder (German Statesman)
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)
We only live once, but once is enough if we do it right. Live your life with class, dignity, and style so that an exclamation, rather than a question mark signifies it!-- Gary Ryan Blair ( -)
If medicine was practiced in 1965 the way it's practiced today, there's no question that prescriptions would have been included in Medicare.-- John Podesta (American Lawyer)
The question of the value of nationality in art is perhaps unsolvable.-- Edward Hopper (American Artist)
I should have forfeited my own self-respect, and perhaps the good opinion of my countrymen, if I had failed to resent such an injury by calling the offender in question to a personal account.-- Preston Brooks (American Politician)
There's no question that we need tougher drunk-driving laws for repeat offenders. We need to take a lesson from European countries where driving isn't a right but a privilege.-- Jesse Ventura (American Politician)
It's a very good question, very direct, and I'm not going to answer it.-- George H. W. Bush (American President)
Professional managers, coaches, and players have a right to question an umpire's decision if they do it in a professional manner. When they become personal, profane, or violent, they have crossed the line and must be dealt with accordingly.-- Jim Evans (American Athlete)
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)
The question is how to bring a work of imagination out of one language that was just as taken-for-granted by the persons who used it as our language is by ourselves. Nothing strange about it.-- Robert Fitzgerald (American Author)
We want our government to protect us, to make sure something like 9/11 never happens again. We quickly moved to give law enforcement more power to do this. But that now begs the question, did we move to fast? Did we give too much power away? I don't have the answer.-- Michael Connelly (American Author)
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)
If we take as given that critical infrastructures are vulnerable to a cyber terrorist attack, then the question becomes whether there are actors with the capability and motivation to carry out such an operation.-- Dorothy Denning (American Public Servant)
Well, there's no question that the law passed in 1996 was flawed. It deregulated the wholesale market, meaning the price that the utilities had to pay energy companies for power, but not the retail market.-- Gray Davis (American Politician)
For us, sons of France, political sentiment is a passion; while, for the Englishmen, politics are a question of business.-- Wilfrid Laurier (Canadian Statesman)
What does it mean to be an American? While each of us may have our own specific answer to that question, we likely can agree on the basic principles of America: freedom, equal opportunity, and rights accompanied by responsibilities.-- Ben Nelson (American Politician)
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