interrogatory


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in·ter·rog·a·to·ry

 (ĭn′tə-rŏg′ə-tôr′ē)
adj.
Asking a question; of the nature of a question; interrogative.
n. pl. in·ter·rog·a·to·ries Law
A written or oral question that must be answered under oath and is asked by a party in a lawsuit of another party or of a potential witness prior to trial.

in′ter·rog′a·to′ri·ly adv.

interrogatory

(ˌɪntəˈrɒɡətərɪ; -trɪ)
adj
expressing or involving a question
n, pl -tories
a question or interrogation
ˌinterˈrogatorily adv

in•ter•rog•a•to•ry

(ˌɪn təˈrɒg əˌtɔr i, -ˌtoʊr i)

adj., n., pl. -to•ries. adj.
1. conveying or expressing a question.
n.
2. a question; inquiry.
3. (in law) a formal or written question.
[1525–35; < Late Latin]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.interrogatory - formal systematic questioning
inquiring, questioning - a request for information
catechism - a series of question put to an individual (such as a political candidate) to elicit their views
deposition - (law) a pretrial interrogation of a witness; usually conducted in a lawyer's office
inquisition - a severe interrogation (often violating the rights or privacy of individuals)
third degree - interrogation often accompanied by torture to extort information or a confession
cross-examination - (law) close questioning of a hostile witness in a court of law to discredit or throw a new light on the testimony already provided in direct examination
direct examination - (law) the initial questioning of a witness by the party that called the witness
redirect examination, reexamination - (law) questioning of a witness by the party that called the witness after that witness has been subject to cross-examination
interview - the questioning of a person (or a conversation in which information is elicited); often conducted by journalists; "my interviews with teenagers revealed a weakening of religious bonds"
debriefing - report of a mission or task
Adj.1.interrogatory - relating to the use of or having the nature of an interrogationinterrogatory - relating to the use of or having the nature of an interrogation
asserting, declarative, declaratory - relating to the use of or having the nature of a declaration

interrogatory

noun
Law. A request for data:
Translations

interrogatory

[ˌɪntəˈrɒgətərɪ] ADJinterrogante

interrogatory

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In such a case, he said, not only were there very pretty pickings, in the way of arguments at every stage of the proceedings, and mountains upon mountains of evidence on interrogatory and counter-interrogatory
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It was therefore at the third door that those who solicited or were bidden to an audience underwent their formal interrogatory.
Monsieur le vicomte, I will push my interrogatory no further, and reproach myself with having carried it so far.
This unexpected testimony from the archer re-encouraged the recluse, whom this interrogatory was forcing to cross an abyss on the edge of a knife.
The statement was half interrogatory, for Gahan's curiosity was aroused.
Nicholas understood the tone of triumph in which this interrogatory was put; but remembering the necessity of supporting his assumed character, produced a scrap of paper purporting to contain a list of some subjects for drawings which his employer desired to have executed; and with which he had prepared himself in case of any such contingency.
From a room near the chamber of Mademoiselle Stangerson, he had heard the interrogatory and now came to recount it to my friend with great exactitude, aided by an excellent memory.
said Joseph, with a most killing tenderness; and was no doubt about to follow up this artful interrogatory by a question still more tender (for he puffed and panted a great deal, and Rebecca's hand, which was placed near his heart, could count the feverish pulsations of that organ), when, oh, provoking
Venerable trapper, our communications have a recent origin, or thy interrogatory might have a tendency to embroil us in angry disputation.
A pair of slipshod feet shuffled, hastily, across the bare floor of the room, as this interrogatory was put; and there issued, from a door on the right hand; first, a feeble candle: and next, the form of the same individual who has been heretofore described as labouring under the infirmity of speaking through his nose, and officiating as waiter at the public-house on Saffron Hill.