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:


Those who tell you that the territorial question is an abstraction, that you can never colonize another territory without the African slavetrade, are both deaf and blind to the history of the last sixty years.

-- Robert Toombs (American Politician)

Men are never so likely to settle a question rightly as when they discuss it freely.

-- Thomas Babington (British Poet)

Fear is a question: What are you afraid of, and why? Just as the seed of health is in illness, because illness contains information, your fears are a treasure house of self-knowledge if you explore them.

-- Marilyn Ferguson (American Writer)

The first question I ask myself when something doesn't seem to be beautiful is why do I think it's not beautiful. And very shortly you discover that there is no reason.

-- John Cage (American Composer)

In the beginning, it wasn't even a question of deciding I'm going to do independent film and not commercial films - I wasn't being offered any commercial films, and there wasn't an independent scene.

-- Steve Buscemi (American Actor)

During a political campaign everyone is concerned with what a candidate will do on this or that question if he is elected except the candidate; he's too busy wondering what he'll do if he isn't elected.

-- Everett Dirksen (American Politician)

Bread for myself is a material question. Bread for my neighbor is a spiritual one.

-- Nikolai Berdyaev (Russian Philosopher)

I have to think that I think it's always been a horse race between this administration's temporary political acumen and their completely, utterly, totally bankrupt policies. And they're coming home to roost. It was always a question of time. These guys aren't conservative. These guys are radicals.

-- Bradley Whitford (American Actor)

The power to question is the basis of all human progress.

-- Indira Gandhi (Indian Statesman)

When the media defines something, you have to question: Is it the definition that you want applied to your culture? I'm trying to determine who's leaving the legacy, and if the legacy that is being left is a positive one.

-- Tim Reid (American Actor)

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 ( -)

My great desire has been to remove from the political arena a question of this kind that is calculated to prevent us getting a verdict upon the important political issues that separate the two parties in this country.

-- Charles Tupper (Canadian Statesman)

I know there is much mystery, much question to what happened, and I must also say, many lies.

-- Jennifer Capriati (American Athlete)

The gift of broadcasting is, without question, the lowest human capacity to which any man could attain.

-- Harold Nicolson (British Diplomat)

Over the past few years, many of us have increasingly begun to question the direction and meaning of our society as it has developed over the past several centuries.

-- Alex Campbell (Canadian Politician)

The question is not whether we will be extremists, but what kind of extremists we will be... The nation and the world are in dire need of creative extremists.

-- Martin Luther King, Jr. (American Leader)

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)

Whence come I and whither go I? That is the great unfathomable question, the same for every one of us. Science has no answer to it.

-- Max Planck (German Scientist)

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)

The thing that got me started on the science that I've been building now for about 20 years or so was the question of okay, if mathematical equations can't make progress in understanding complex phenomena in the natural world, how might we make progress?

-- Stephen Wolfram (English Scientist)

This is largely the methodology I've used throughout my career - that is, starting with a question as to what might be the properties of a set of compounds that could be invented which were unusual and unpredictable. Many times I've felt a bit like Columbus setting sail.

-- Donald Cram (American Scientist)

I don't believe he had a responsibility to even answer that question - you have no responsibility to answer personal questions that people have no right to ask you.

-- Chris Matthews (American Journalist)

I'm glad you asked that question, because of any musical situation I've been in, the communication feels great here with Russell. He really pays close attention to what I'm doing because he cares.

-- Benny Green (British Musician)

He who cannot eat horsemeat need not do so. Let him eat pork. But he who cannot eat pork, let him eat horsemeat. It's simply a question of taste.

-- Nikita Khrushchev (Russian Statesman)

The decision of such judges as Claudius and his Senate is worth very little in the question of a man's innocence or guilt; but the sentence was that Seneca should be banished to the island of Corsica.

-- Frederic William Farrar (Indian theologian)

I asked Dalai Lama the most important question that I think you could ask - if he had ever seen Caddyshack.

-- Jesse Ventura (American Politician)

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)

A sudden bold and unexpected question doth many times surprise a man and lay him open.

-- Francis Bacon (English Philosopher)

To be or not to be isn't the question. The question is how to prolong being.

-- Tom Robbins (American Author)

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)

Because our choices are largely based on survival. But if life is eternal, life is not a question.

-- Neale Donald Walsch ( Author)

Perfect retention. I don't think I could do that-I've never disciplined myself to do it.I suppose a lot of it is a question of discipline. Which improvisation is not.

-- George Shearing (British Musician)

There's no question that Roberts will vote like William Rehnquist... If he swings, it will be from right to far right.

-- Jonathan Turley ( -)

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

-- Jeff Rich (American Explorer)

I think if you look at the themes that are presented in the film, some are inherently social, and I think that any film which deals with the family is dealing with the smallest social unit in our society - and in a sense it is a question of scope.

-- Atom Egoyan (Canadian Director)


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