- a sentence in an interrogative form, addressed to someone in order to get information in reply.
- a problem for discussion or under discussion; a matter for investigation.
- a matter of some uncertainty or difficulty; problem (usually followed by of): It was simply a question of time.
- a subject of dispute or controversy.
- a proposal to be debated or voted on, as in a meeting or a deliberative assembly.
- the procedure of putting a proposal to vote.
- Politics. a problem of public policy submitted to the voters for an expression of opinion.
- a controversy that is submitted to a judicial tribunal or administrative agency for decision.
- the interrogation by which information is secured.
- Obsolete.judicial examination or trial.
- the act of asking or inquiring; interrogation; query.
- inquiry into or discussion of some problem or doubtful matter.
verb (used with object)
- to ask (someone) a question; ask questions of; interrogate.
- to ask or inquire.
- to make a question of; doubt: He questioned her sincerity.
- to challenge or dispute: She questioned the judge’s authority in the case.
verb (used without object)
- to ask a question or questions.
- beg the question. beg1(def 9).
- beyond question, beyond dispute; without doubt: It was, beyond question, a magnificent performance.Also beyond all question.
- call in/into question,
- to dispute; challenge.
- to cast doubt upon; question: This report calls into question all previous research on the subject.
- in question,
- under consideration.
- in dispute.
- out of the question, not to be considered; unthinkable; impossible: She thought about a trip to Spain but dismissed it as out of the question.
- a form of words addressed to a person in order to elicit information or evoke a response; interrogative sentence
- a point at issueit’s only a question of time until she dies; the question is how long they can keep up the pressure
- a difficulty or uncertainty; doubtful pointa question of money; there’s no question about it
- an act of asking
- an investigation into some problem or difficulty
- a motion presented for debate by a deliberative body
- put the question to require members of a deliberative assembly to vote on a motion presented
- law a matter submitted to a court or other tribunal for judicial or quasi-judicial decision
- question of fact (in English law) that part of the issue before a court that is decided by the jury
- question of law (in English law) that part of the issue before a court that is decided by the judge
- beg the question
- to avoid giving a direct answer by posing another question
- to assume the truth of that which is intended to be provedSee petitio principii
- beyond (all) question beyond (any) dispute or doubt
- call in or into question
- to make (something) the subject of disagreement
- to cast doubt upon the validity, truth, etc, of (something)
- in question under discussionthis is the man in question
- out of the question beyond consideration; unthinkable or impossiblethe marriage is out of the question
- pop the question informal to propose marriage
verb (mainly tr)
- to put a question or questions to (a person); interrogate
- to make (something) the subject of dispute or disagreement
- to express uncertainty about the validity, truth, etc, of (something); doubt
early 13c., “philosophical or theological problem;” early 14c. as “utterance meant to elicit an answer or discussion,” also as “a difficulty, a doubt,” from Anglo-French questiun, Old French question “question, difficulty, problem; legal inquest, interrogation, torture,” from Latin quaestionem (nominative quaestio) “a seeking, a questioning, inquiry, examining, judicial investigation,” noun of action from past participle stem of quaerere “ask, seek” (see query (v.)).
No question “undoubtedly” is from mid-15c; no questions asked “accountability not required” is from 1879 (especially in newspaper advertisements seeking the return of something lost or stolen). Question mark is from 1849, sometimes also question stop (1862); figurative use is from 1869. To be out of the question (c.1700) is to be not pertinent to the subject, hence “not to be considered.”
late 15c., from question (n.) and from Middle French questionner “ask questions, interrogate, torture” (13c.), from question (n.). Related: Questioned; questioning. Alternative questionize attested from 1847.
see ask a stupid question; beg the question; beside the point (question); beyond question; burning question; call in question; in question; leading question; loaded question; open question; out of the question; pop the question; rhetorical question; without question.