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ques•tion



Pronunciation: (kwes'chun), [key]
n.
1. a sentence in an interrogative form, addressed to someone in order to get information in reply.
2. a problem for discussion or under discussion; a matter for investigation.
3. a matter of some uncertainty or difficulty; problem (usually fol. by of): It was simply a question of time.
4. a subject of dispute or controversy.
5. a proposal to be debated or voted on, as in a meeting or a deliberative assembly.
6. the procedure of putting a proposal to vote.
7. Politics.a problem of public policy submitted to the voters for an expression of opinion.
8. Law.
a. a controversy that is submitted to a judicial tribunal or administrative agency for decision.
b. the interrogation by which information is secured.
c. Obs.judicial examination or trial.
9. the act of asking or inquiring; interrogation; query.
10. inquiry into or discussion of some problem or doubtful matter.
11. beg the question. See beg (def. 9).
12. beyond question, beyond dispute; without doubt: It was, beyond question, a magnificent performance. Also,beyond all question.
13. call in or into question,
a. to dispute; challenge.
b. to cast doubt upon; question: This report calls into question all previous research on the subject.
14. in question,
a. under consideration.
b. in dispute.
15. 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.

v.t.
1. to ask (someone) a question; ask questions of; interrogate.
2. to ask or inquire.
3. to make a question of; doubt: He questioned her sincerity.
4. to challenge or dispute: She questioned the judge's authority in the case.

v.i.
to ask a question or questions.

Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.

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