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QUESTION, n. ques'chun. [L. quaestio. See Quest.]

1. The act of asking; an interrogatory; as, to examine by question and answer.

2. That which is asked; something proposed which is to be solved by answer. What is the question?

3. Inquiry; disquisition; discussion.

It is to be put to question, whether it is lawful for christian princes to make an invasive war, simply for the propagation of the faith.

4. Dispute or subject of debate.

There arose a question between some of John's disciples and the Jews, about purifying. John 3.

5. Doubt; controversy; dispute. The story is true beyond all question.

This does not bring their truth in question.

6. Trial; examination; judicial trial or inquiry.

Of the hope and resurrection of the dead I am called in question. Acts 23. Acts 24.

7. Examination by torture.

8. Endeavor; effort; act of seeking. [Not in use.]

9. In logic, a proposition stated by way of interrogation.

In question, in debate; in the course of examination or discussion; as, the matter or point in question.



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QUESTION, n. ques'chun. [L. quaestio. See Quest.]

1. The act of asking; an interrogatory; as, to examine by question and answer.

2. That which is asked; something proposed which is to be solved by answer. What is the question?

3. Inquiry; disquisition; discussion.

It is to be put to question, whether it is lawful for christian princes to make an invasive war, simply for the propagation of the faith.

4. Dispute or subject of debate.

There arose a question between some of John's disciples and the Jews, about purifying. John 3.

5. Doubt; controversy; dispute. The story is true beyond all question.

This does not bring their truth in question.

6. Trial; examination; judicial trial or inquiry.

Of the hope and resurrection of the dead I am called in question. Acts 23. Acts 24.

7. Examination by torture.

8. Endeavor; effort; act of seeking. [Not in use.]

9. In logic, a proposition stated by way of interrogation.

In question, in debate; in the course of examination or discussion; as, the matter or point in question.

QUES'TION, n. [ques'chun; Fr. and Sp. question; L. quæstio. See Quest.]

  1. The act of asking; an interrogatory; as, to examine by question and answer.
  2. That which is asked; something proposed which is to be solved by answer. What is the question?
  3. Inquiry; disquisition; discussion. It is to be put to question, whether it is lawful for Christian princes to make an invasive war, simply for the propagation of the faith. – Bacon.
  4. Dispute or subject of debate. There arose a question between some of John's disciples and the Jews, about purifying. – John iii.
  5. Doubt; controversy; dispute. The story is true beyond all question. This does not bring their truth in question. – Locke.
  6. Trial; examination; judicial trial or inquiry. Of the hope and resurrection of the dead I am called in question. – Acts xxiii. xxiv.
  7. Examination by torture. – Blackstone. Ayliffe.
  8. Endeavor; effort; act of seeking. [Not in use.] – Shak.
  9. In logic, a proposition stated by way of interrogation. In question, in debate; in the course of examination or discussion; as, the matter or point in question.

QUES'TION, v.i.

  1. To ask a question or questions; to inquire by interrogatory or proposition to be answered. He that questioneth much, shall learn much. – Bacon.
  2. To debate by interrogatories. – 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. And most we question what we most desire. – Prior.
  3. To have no confidence in; to treat as doubtful. If a man is frustrated in his designs, his prudence is questioned.

Ques"tion
  1. The act of asking; interrogation; inquiry; as, to examine by question and answer.
  2. To ask questions] to inquire.

    He that questioneth much shall learn much. Bacon.

  3. To inquire of by asking questions; to examine by interrogatories; as, to question a witness.
  4. 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.

  5. To argue; to converse; to dispute.

    [Obs.]

    I pray you, think you question with the Jew. Shak.

  6. To doubt of; to be uncertain of; to query.

    And most we question what we most desire. Prior.

  7. 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.

  8. 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.
  9. That which is asked; inquiry; interrogatory; query.

    But this question asked
    Puts me in doubt. Lives there who loves his pain ?
    Milton.

  10. To talk to; to converse with.

    With many holiday and lady terms he questioned me. Shak.

    Syn. -- To ask; interrogate; catechise; doubt; controvert; dispute. -- 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.

  11. Hence, a subject of investigation, examination, or debate; theme of inquiry; matter to be inquired into; as, a delicate or doubtful question.
  12. 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. 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.

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Question

QUESTION, noun ques'chun. [Latin quaestio. See Quest.]

1. The act of asking; an interrogatory; as, to examine by question and answer.

2. That which is asked; something proposed which is to be solved by answer. What is the question?

3. Inquiry; disquisition; discussion.

It is to be put to question whether it is lawful for christian princes to make an invasive war, simply for the propagation of the faith.

4. Dispute or subject of debate.

There arose a question between some of John's disciples and the Jews, about purifying. John 3:25.

5. Doubt; controversy; dispute. The story is true beyond all question

This does not bring their truth in question

6. Trial; examination; judicial trial or inquiry.

Of the hope and resurrection of the dead I am called in question Acts 23:6. Acts 24:21.

7. Examination by torture.

8. Endeavor; effort; act of seeking. [Not in use.]

9. In logic, a proposition stated by way of interrogation.

In question in debate; in the course of examination or discussion; as, the matter or point in question

QUES'TION, verb intransitive

1. To ask a question or questions; to inquire by interrogatory or proposition to be answered.

He that questioneth much, shall learn much.

2. To debate by interrogatories.

QUES'TION, verb transitive

1. To inquire of by asking questions; to examine by interrogatories; as, to question a witness.

2. To doubt of; to be uncertain of.

And most we question what we most desire.

3. To have no confidence in; to treat as doubtful. If a man is frustrated in his designs, his prudence is questions.

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