Question

Definition of Question

Ques´tion
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.
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.
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 the question
See under Out.
- Shak.
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.
To beg the question
See under Beg.
- Cushing.
To the question
to the point in dispute; to the real matter under debate.
v. i.1.To ask questions; to inquire.
[imp. & p. p. Questioned ; p. pr. & vb. n. Questioning.]
He that questioneth much shall learn much.
- Bacon.
2.To argue; to converse; to dispute.
I pray you, think you question with the Jew.
- Shak.
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.
4.To talk to; to converse with.
With many holiday and lady terms he questioned me.
- Shak.

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