Interpellate In`ter*pel"late, v. t. [See {Interpel}.] To question imperatively, as a minister, or other executive officer, in explanation of his conduct; -- generally on the part of a legislative body. [1913 Webster]

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  • interpellate — I index interfere, interrupt II index cross examine, examine (interrogate) Burton …   Law dictionary

  • interpellate — (v.) 1590s, from L. interpellatus, pp. of interpellare “to interrupt by speaking” (see INTERPELLATION (Cf. interpellation)). Related: Interpellated; interpellating …   Etymology dictionary

  • interpellate — [in΄tər pel′āt΄, in tʉr′pə lāt΄] vt. interpellated, interpellating [< L interpellatus, pp. of interpellare, to interrupt in speaking < inter , between + pellare < pellere, to drive, urge: see FELT1] to question (a person) formally: a… …   English World dictionary

  • interpellate — transitive verb ( lated; lating) Etymology: Latin interpellatus, past participle of interpellare to interrupt, from inter + pellare (from pellere to drive) more at felt Date: 1874 to question (as a foreign minister) formally concerning an… …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • interpellate — interpellator /in teuhr peuh lay teuhr, in terr peuh lay /, n. /in teuhr pel ayt, in terr peuh layt /, v.t., interpellated, interpellating. to call formally upon (a minister or member of a government) in interpellation. [1590 1600; < L… …   Universalium

  • interpellate — verb To question someone formally concerning official or government policy or business …   Wiktionary

  • interpellate — interpellation …   Dictionary of sociology

  • interpellate — v. formally question a government officialin·ter·pel·late || ɪntÉ™r peleɪt /ɪn tɜːpÉ™leɪt …   English contemporary dictionary

  • interpellate — [ɪn tə:pɪleɪt] verb (in a parliament) interrupt the order of the day by demanding an explanation from (the minister concerned). Derivatives interpellation noun interpellator noun Origin C16: from L. interpellat , interpellare interrupt (with… …   English new terms dictionary

  • interpellate — v. a. Question, interrogate, question imperatively …   New dictionary of synonyms

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