|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.|
|3.||Examination with reference to a decisive result; investigation; specifically, a judicial or official investigation; also, examination under torture.|
|4.||That which is asked; inquiry; interrogatory; query.|
|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.|
|v. i.||1.||To ask questions; to inquire.|
|2.||To argue; to converse; to dispute.|
|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.
|3.||To raise a question about; to call in question; to make objection to.|
|4.||To talk to; to converse with.|
|Noun||1.||question - an instance of questioning; "there was a question about my training"; "we made inquiries of all those who were present"|
answer - the speech act of replying to a question
|2.||question - the subject matter at issue; "the question of disease merits serious discussion"; "under the head of minor Roman poets"|
|3.||question - a sentence of inquiry that asks for a reply; "he asked a direct question"; "he had trouble phrasing his interrogations"|
|4.||question - uncertainty about the truth or factuality of existence of something; "the dubiousness of his claim"; "there is no question about the validity of the enterprise"|
|5.||question - a formal proposal for action made to a deliberative assembly for discussion and vote; "he made a motion to adjourn"; "she called for the question"|
|6.||question - an informal reference to a marriage proposal; "he was ready to pop the question"|
|Verb||1.||question - challenge the accuracy, probity, or propriety of; "We must question your judgment in this matter"|
|2.||question - pose a series of questions to; "The suspect was questioned by the police"; "We questioned the survivor about the details of the explosion"|
|3.||question - pose a question|
|4.||question - conduct an interview in television, newspaper, and radio reporting|
|5.||question - place in doubt or express doubtful speculation; "I wonder whether this was the right thing to do"; "she wondered whether it would snow tonight"|
QUESTION, punishment, crim. law. A means sometimes employed, in some
countries, by means of torture, to compel supposed great criminals to
disclose their accomplices, or to acknowledge their crimes.
2. This torture is called question, because, as the unfortunate person accused is made to suffer pain, he is asked questions as to his supposed crime or accomplices. The same as torture. This is unknown in the United States. See Poth. Procedure Criminelle, sect. 5, art. 2, Sec. 3.
QUESTION, evidence. An interrogation put to a witness, requesting him to
declare the truth of certain facts as far as he knows them.
2. Questions are either general or leading. By a general question is meant such an one as requires the witness to state all be knows without any suggestion being made to him, as who gave the blow?
3. A leading question is one which leads the mind of the witness to the answer, or suggests it to him, as did A B give the blow ?
4. The Romans called a question by which the fact or supposed fact which the interrogator expected, or wished to find asserted, in and by the answer made to the proposed respondent, a suggestive interrogation, as, is not your name A B? Vide Leading Question.
QUESTION, practice. A point on which the parties are not agreed, and which
is submitted to the decision of a judge and jury.
2. When the doubt or difference arises as to what the law is on a certain state of facts, this is said to be a legal question, and when the party demurs, this is to be decided by the court; when it arises as to the truth or falsehood of facts, this is a question of fact, and is to be decided by the jury.