Definitions for: Questioning


[n] a request for information
[adj] showing curiosity; "if someone saw a man climbing a light post they might get inquisitive"; "raised a speculative eyebrow"
[adj] perplexed (as if being expected to know something that you do not know); "he had a quizzical expression"
[adj] marked by or given to doubt; "a skeptical attitude"; "a skeptical listener"



Synonyms: curious, distrustful, doubting, inquiring, inquisitive, perplexed, quizzical, sceptical, skeptical, speculative, wondering(a)

See Also: asking, challenge, enquiry, examination, inquiry, interrogation, query, question, request




Famous Quotes Containing Questioning:


The genius of our ruling class is that it has kept a majority of the people from ever questioning the inequity of a system where most people drudge along, paying heavy taxes for which they get nothing in return.

-- Gore Vidal (American Novelist)

As the U.S., the world is questioning why not end it, and so if, in fact, we were to pull out, the world would definitely question why we did this to begin with. But I still believe the world would call upon us for help if they needed it.

-- Montel Williams (American Entertainer)

Maybe It's not the biggest blockbuster film, but there will be some people that will see it, that will be debating it, that will be questioning their own sense of spirituality. If the film resonates, then I have succeeded in what I set out to do.

-- Eriq La Salle (American Actor)

I feel like I want to crawl out of my skin, especially when people start questioning me.

-- Skeet Ulrich (American Actor)

I was a product of the times, the war, the occupation, the reoccupation, my 4 years in Britain, admiring but at the same time questioning whether they are able to do a better job than we can.

-- Lee Kuan Yew (Singaporean Statesman)

I just turned 30 so I got really introspective as you do, questioning my life. And when I stopped and sort of looked back at the past decade, I realized I had done more work than I thought I had done.

-- Sheryl Lee (American Actor)

As long as male behavior is taken to be the norm, there can be no serious questioning of male traits and behavior. A norm is by definition a standard for judging; it is not itself subject to judgment.

-- Myriam Miedzian (American Actress)

The creative individual has the capacity to free himself from the web of social pressures in which the rest of us are caught. He is capable of questioning the assumptions that the rest of us accept.

-- John W. Gardner (American Educator)

The essence of morality is a questioning about morality; and the decisive move of human life is to use ceaselessly all light to look for the origin of the opposition between good and evil.

-- Georges Bataille (French Writer)

I'm tired of people questioning me because of my age. If you looked at my numbers and watched me throw and covered my birthdate, would age be an issue?

-- Randy Johnson (American Athlete)

The past nine years in San Diego have represented such a period of questioning.

-- Brian Ferneyhough (British Composer)

The most important training, though, is to experience life as a writer, questioning everything, inventing multiple explanations for everything. If you do that, all the other things will come; if you don't, there's no hope for you.

-- Orson Scott Card (American Writer)

I had a good time working with Russell Crowe, Ron Howard and Ed Harris. It was a great cast and Russell worked really hard, doing tons of research and questioning everything.

-- Jennifer Connelly (American Actress)

The marvelous thing is that for thousands of years people have continued questioning and searching and ultimately concluding that reasons for certain occurrences are not given to man to know.

-- Robert Vaughn (American Actor)

What we observe is not nature itself, but nature exposed to our method of questioning.

-- Werner Heisenberg (German Physicist)

Questioning the nature and implications of liminal instances necessarily involves failure, if only in the specifically technical sense of entering spaces where prevailing criteria of success scarcely apply.

-- Brian Ferneyhough (British Composer)

Liberalism is an attitude rather than a set of dogmas - an attitude that insists upon questioning all plausible and self-evident propositions, seeking not to reject them but to find out what evidence there is to support them rather than their possible alternatives.

-- Morris Raphael Cohen (Russian Philosopher)

The key to wisdom is this - constant and frequent questioning, for by doubting we are led to question and by questioning we arrive at the truth.

-- Peter Abelard (French Philosopher)

Prior to any questioning, the person must be warned that he has a right to remain silent, that any statement he does make may be used as evidence against him and that he has a right to the presence of an attorney, either retained or appointed.

-- Earl Warren (American Judge)

When I first went to prison, I was even questioning where, God, where are you?

-- Jim Bakker (American Celebrity)

Our show is less about a girl who is doing miracles and more about the domino effect of this girl's life, and how everyone else is affected. Our show seems to be a questioning show as opposed to an action sort of fairy tale.

-- Amber Tamblyn (American Actress)

As soon as a norm is established, people start questioning it, which is probably a good thing in the end.

-- Robyn Hitchcock (English Musician)

Doubt, the essential preliminary of all improvement and discovery, must accompany the stages of man's onward progress. The faculty of doubting and questioning, without which those of comparison and judgment would be useless, is itself a divine prerogative of the reason.

-- Albert Pike (American Lawyer)

If you're in such a position of power and your ego is such that this is not possible, then its essential to have a small cadre of very bright, committed people who are questioning, exploring and understanding these emerging concepts.

-- Dee Hock (American Businessman)

The Washington Times wrote a story questioning the authenticity of some of the suggestions made about me in Silent Coup. But as a believer in the First Amendment, I believe they have more than a right to air their views.

-- Bob Woodward (American Journalist)

Under the doctrine of separation of powers, the manner in which the president personally exercises his assigned executive powers is not subject to questioning by another branch of government.

-- Richard M. Nixon (American President)

I think of myself as being a relatively intelligent man who is open to a lot of different things and I think that questioning our purpose in life and the meaning of existence is something that we all go through at some point.

-- Laurence Fishburne (American Actor)

No simplicity of mind, no obscurity of station, can escape the universal duty of questioning all that we believe.

-- William Kingdon Clifford (English Mathematician)

There is an increasing awareness of the interrelatedness of things. We are becoming less prone to accept an immediate solution without questioning its larger implications.

-- Arthur Erickson (Canadian Architect)

Instead, I was interested in what I guess I could call narrative indeterminacy, in questioning the apparent, taken-for-granted authority of any particular representation of the events in question.

-- Peter Straub (American Writer)

I would say that playing this character has caused me to think about a lot of things. He's always questioning himself and trying to get back to something he lost touch with and trying to find forgiveness. Everybody struggles with these things to some extent in their life.

-- Lee Tergesen (American Actor)

Suggesting a married Jesus is one thing, but questioning the Resurrection undermines the very heart of Christian belief.

-- Dan Brown (American Author)


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