I. noun Etymology: Middle English, from Anglo-French, from Latin quaestion-, quaestio, from quaerere to seek, ask Date: 14th century 1. a. (1) an interrogative expression often used to test knowledge (2) an interrogative sentence or clause b. a subject or aspect in dispute or open for discussion ; issue; broadly problem, matter c. (1) a subject or point of debate or a proposition to be voted on in a meeting (2) the bringing of such to a vote d. the specific point at issue 2. a. an act or instance of asking ; inquiry b. interrogation; also a judicial or official investigation c. torture as part of an examination d. (1) objection, dispute <
true beyond question
(2) room for doubt or objection <
little question of his skill
(3) chance, possibility <
no question of escape
II. verb Date: 15th century transitive verb 1. to ask a question of or about 2. to interrogate intensively ; cross-examine 3. a. doubt, dispute b. to subject to analysis ; examine intransitive verb to ask questions ; inquire Synonyms: see askquestioner noun

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