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open question

n
1. a matter which is undecided
2. a question that cannot be answered with a yes or no but requires a developed answer
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Tom was only thirteen, and had no decided views in grammar and arithmetic, regarding them for the most part as open questions, but he was particularly clear and positive on one point,--namely, that he would punish everybody who deserved it.
Aye, aye, make him sit down," said several voices at once, well pleased that the reality of ghosts remained still an open question.
Miss Miggs, who had fallen into a terrible state of grief when the first part of this sentence was spoken, recovered a little at the second, and seemed by the sudden check she put upon her tears, to intimate that possibly this arrangement might meet her views; and that it might, perhaps, remain an open question.
We know that mind has the power to maintain substance even though it may not be able to create substance--the latter is still an open question.
As Perry had discovered among the writings of her kind in the buried city of Phutra, it was still an open question among the Mahars as to whether man pos-sessed means of intelligent communication or the power of reason.
The ape-man could not rise, therefore, without pushing the lion away and whether Numa would tolerate being pushed was an open question.
With no business capacity, old and opinionated, he was land poor, and it was an open question which would arrive first, his death or bankruptcy.
I will not, though the subject might provoke it, speak to the open question between Truth and Love.
If you asked me for another penny, and made it an open question, I'd repent of being so liberal and knock off half-a-crown.
The proceedings of the June-July 2015 conference in Djursholm, Sweden contains research papers not published elsewhere, longer survey papers and a report on the session dealing with open questions in complex and harmonic analysis.
The yes campaign in Scotland has played a vital role in throwing open questions about our current constitutional settlement - questions that will not go away simply because of a narrow defeat.
This is among other things the use of face-to-face / online interviews / group discussions or analysis of open questions.