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 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)
Don't tell your friends about your indigestion. "How are you" is a greeting, not a question. -- Arthur Guiterman (American Comedian)
What is the poem, after it is written? That is the question. Not where it came from or why.-- Allen Tate (American Poet)
The central question is simply put: What did the president know and when did he know it?-- Howard H. Baker, Jr. (American Politician)
I know there is much mystery, much question to what happened, and I must also say, many lies.-- Jennifer Capriati (American Athlete)
There's no question that California, in the last three or four years, has been privileged to add disproportionately to the economic growth of America, and to contribute to its technological productivity.-- Gray Davis (American Politician)
Everyone has determination - it's a question of how you use it. Hers is based on power and success and conquering; she doesn't care what she has to do or who gets hurt in the process. In that way we're very, very different.-- Dannii Minogue (Australian Musician)
I have this theory that the likeability question comes up so much more with female characters created by female authors than it does with male characters and male authors.-- Curtis Sittenfeld (American Writer)
Moreover, the abundance of chemical compounds and their importance in daily life hindered the chemist from investigating the question, in what does the individuality of the atoms of different elements consist.-- Johannes Stark ( Physicist)
If we wish to discuss knowledge in the most highly developed contemporary society, we must answer the preliminary question of what methodological representation to apply to that society.-- Jean-Francois Lyotard ( Philosopher)
What Must I Do to Be Saved? It is impossible to ask a more weighty Question! It is deplorable that we hear it asked with no more Frequency, with nor more Agony.-- Cotton Mather (American Theologian)
Readers respond to every genre intensely, if it's a genre that appeals to them. Again, who can say why anyone enjoys horror and dark fantasy? If I can't answer the question for myself, I wouldn't dream of trying to answer it for others.-- Laurell K. Hamilton (American Writer)
Far better an approximate answer to the right question, which is often vague, than the exact answer to the wrong question, which can always be made precise.-- John Tukey (American Scientist)
It's a good question, because a movie isn't good or bad based on its politics. It's usually good or bad for other reasons, though you might agree or disagree with its politics.-- Roger Ebert (American Critic)
I don't think you want to give all the answers, but I think every answer you do give should bring up another question, and not all questions should be answered.-- Kim Novak (American Actress)
Many manufacturers secretly question whether advertising really sells their product, but are vaguely afraid that their competitors might steal a march on them if they stopped.-- David Ogilvy (English Businessman)
Youth is not a question of years: one is young or old from birth.-- Natalie Clifford Barney (American Author)
The reason there's a question mark on my front door is just in case I forget my address.-- Leslie Nielsen (Canadian Actor)
The Sandinista revolution was without any question a popular insurrection.-- Bianca Jagger (Nicaraguan Celebrity)
When you sit down and think about what rock 'n' roll music really is, then you have to change that question. Played up-tempo, you call it rock 'n' roll; at a regular tempo, you call it rhythm and blues.-- Little Richard (American Musician)
It's a difficult question of relations between people.-- Frank Press (American Scientist)
So begins a question which has of late become more and more urgent: what is the relation of aesthetics to politics?-- Mark Poster ( -)
The question of religion was a matter for each individual's conscience, and in a great many cases was the outcome of birth or residence in a certain geographical area.-- James Larkin (Irish Activist)
Faulkner turned out to be a great teacher. When a student asked a question ineptly, he answered the question with what the student had really wanted to know.-- Leslie Fiedler (American Critic)
I approach my character with the question: What would an animal think? How would an animal respond? A lot of times, it's quick action and no fear, and sometimes it's irrational fear. You don't always know.-- Victoria Pratt (Canadian Actress)
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)
But eventually it's a question of access: Getting access to fields is on top of the oil companies' agenda. We see a substantial build-up of supply occurring over the coming years.-- Daniel Yergin (American Author)
One of the fundamental questions of today's world is undoubtedly the question of equitable globalisation.-- Janez Drnovsek (Slovenian Statesman)
The more potent, unasked question is how society at large reacts to eager, voluntary violence by females, and to the growing evidence that women can be just as aggressive as men.-- Katherine Dunn (American Novelist)
I think there are a lot of pictures to make. I sometimes question whether I'm even an artist or just a painter. To me, the making of the pictures is the most important thing.-- Martin Mull (American Actor)
Without question, conditions in the Haiti are worse since Aristide's removal, and continue to deteriorate.-- Charles Rangel (American Politician)
Sex is a big question mark. It is something people will talk about forever.-- Catherine Deneuve (French Actress)
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)
Did you hear that? I didn't hear anything. Put that question another way.-- Ernie Banks ( Athlete)
If I were asked for a one line answer to the question' What makes a woman good in bed?' I would say, 'A man who is good in bed.'-- Bob Guccione ( -)
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