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's a good question, because to be believable is the only way that you could be successful.

-- Tanya Tucker (American Musician)

It is still an open question, however, as to what extent exposure really injures a performer.

-- Harry Houdini (Hungarian Entertainer)

But as you say, the fundamental stumbling block is the question of the future of the economy. And it's not just the sort of economic laboratory question, of what kind of system would best generate growth, which is the way it's presented.

-- Joe Slovo (South African Politician)

There is no question that everybody who works in show business is lucky because of the number of people who wish they where working in show business.

-- Brent Spiner (American Actor)

Life's most persistent and urgent question is, 'What are you doing for others?'

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

Above and beyond the question of how to grow the economy there is a legitimate concern about how to grow the quality of our lives.

-- Paul Wellstone (American Politician)

But you can make good radio, interesting radio, great radio even, without an urgent question, a burning issue at stake.

-- Ira Glass (American Journalist)

Question everything. Every stripe, every star, every word spoken. Everything.

-- Ernest Gaines (American Writer)

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)

Did you hear that? I didn't hear anything. Put that question another way.

-- Ernie Banks ( Athlete)

It's pretty clear that over the last three months the economy has paused. And it's also pretty clear the American people are still demanding and asking the question, 'Where are the jobs?' And the reason we don't have new jobs is because of the job-killing agenda pursued by President Obama and his allies in the Congress.

-- John Boehner (American Politician)

I speak my mind. I just speak my heart. I will not turn away from any question.

-- Jessica Hahn (American Celebrity)

I've seen Keith fall asleep at business meetings about millions of dollars for him-because of heroin, just nod out and then wake up and answer a question.

-- Charlie Watts (British Musician)

It is possible to be different and still be all right. There can be two - or more - answers to the same question, and all can be right.

-- Anne Wilson Schaef ( -)

It would make life much easier if I could have total faith and not question everything all the time, but I can't do it and I won't do it.

-- Joey Skaggs (American Celebrity)

The question of the composition of perceptible objects is one which already occupied the mind of the ancient Greeks.

-- Johannes Stark ( Physicist)

Always the beautiful answer who asks a more beautiful question.

-- e. e. cummings (American Poet)

I believe the right question to ask, respecting all ornament, is simply this; was it done with enjoyment, was the carver happy while he was about it?

-- John Ruskin (English Writer)

There are things that I would say that you could call an instant of time; or better, a now. As we live we seem to move through a succession of instants of time, nows, and the question is, what are they? There are where everything in the universe is at this moment, now.

-- Julian Barbour (British Scientist)

I read Popular Mechanics, Popular Science, Reader's Digest... I read some responsible journalism, and from that, I form my own opinions. I also happen to be intelligent, and I question everything.

-- Gary Coleman (American Actor)

The question about those aromatic advertisements that perfume companies are having stitched into magazines these days is this: under the freedoms guaranteed by the First Amendment, is smelling up the place a constitutionally protected form of expression?

-- Calvin Trillin (American Journalist)

But nothing in India is identifiable, the mere asking of a question causes it to disappear or to merge in something else.

-- E. M. Forster (English Novelist)

The Lord God, the creator of Judaism and the God of Judaism and Christianity, empowered our minds and gave us the ability to question.

-- Michael Novak (American Philosopher)

Life is an end in itself, and the only question as to whether it is worth living is whether you have had enough of it.

-- Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr. (American Judge)

Youth is not a question of years: one is young or old from birth.

-- Natalie Clifford Barney (American Author)

I wish I had an answer to that because I'm tired of answering that question.

-- Yogi Berra (American Athlete)

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)

It is easy for me to love myself, but for ladies to do it is another question altogether.

-- Johnny Vegas (British Comedian)

The real discovery is the one which enables me to stop doing philosophy when I want to. The one that gives philosophy peace, so that it is no longer tormented by questions which bring itself into question.

-- Ludwig Wittgenstein (Austrian Philosopher)

There is no question at all that Manson was sending Tex, Sadie, Katie, and Linda out on his mission of murder.

-- Vincent Bugliosi (American Author)

With the question of the effect of a poem, the topic of investigation shifts from that of textual autonomy to textual reception - to the issue of what we actually look for or find in reading a poem.

-- Thomas Harrison (English -)

The question is no longer whether the United States should contribute to assuring Israel's survival and prosperity; that goes without saying.

-- George Ball (American Politician)

I am writing a sequel to The Touch because I want to further explore the Chinese question that I have raised. There will be more about that in a sequel.

-- Colleen McCullough (Australian Author)

Why go now? That is the question people asked when I announced I was retiring. A combination of things made me feel it was all drawing to a natural end.

-- Graeme Le Saux (English Athlete)

Is life worth living? This is a question for an embryo not for a man.

-- Samuel Butler (British Poet)


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