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ques·tion

 (kwĕs′chən)
n.
1.
A sentence, phrase, or gesture that seeks information through a reply.
2.
a. A subject or point that is under discussion or open to controversy: the question of whether a new school should be built.
b. A matter of concern or difficulty; a problem: This is not a question of too little money.
3.
a. A proposition brought up for consideration by an assembly.
b. The act of bringing a proposal to vote.
4. Law An issue in dispute for the resolution of a court.
5. Uncertainty; doubt: There is no question about the validity of the enterprise. Her integrity is beyond question.
v. ques·tioned, ques·tion·ing, ques·tions
v.tr.
1.
a. To ask a question or questions of (someone).
b. To interrogate (a suspect, for example). See Synonyms at ask.
2. To pose a question or questions regarding (something); analyze or examine: researchers questioning which of the methods will work.
3. To express doubt about; dispute: questioned his sincerity; questioned the expense report.
v.intr.
To ask questions.
Idioms:
in question
Under consideration or discussion.
out of the question
Not worth considering because of being too difficult or impossible: Starting over is out of the question.

[Middle English, from Old French, legal inquiry, from Latin quaestiō, quaestiōn-, from *quaestus, obsolete past participle of quaerere, to ask, seek.]

ques′tion·er n.
ques′tion·ing·ly adv.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.questioner - someone who asks a questionquestioner - someone who asks a question    
cross-examiner, cross-questioner - someone who questions a witness carefully (especially about testimony given earlier)
examiner, quizzer, tester - someone who administers a test to determine your qualifications
inquisitor, interrogator - a questioner who is excessively harsh
interviewer - a person who conducts an interview
headcounter, poll taker, pollster, canvasser - someone who conducts surveys of public opinion; "a pollster conducts public opinion polls"; "a headcounter counts heads"
speaker, talker, verbaliser, verbalizer, utterer - someone who expresses in language; someone who talks (especially someone who delivers a public speech or someone especially garrulous); "the speaker at commencement"; "an utterer of useful maxims"

questioner

noun
2. One who conducts an official inquiry, usually with no regard for human rights:
Translations

questioner

[ˈkwestʃənəʳ] Ninterrogador(a) m/f; (at meeting) → interpelante mf

questioner

[ˈkwɛstʃənər] npersonne f qui pose une question (or qui a posé la question )

questioner

nFragesteller(in) m(f), → Frager(in) m(f)

questioner

[ˈkwɛstʃənəʳ] ninterrogante m/f
References in classic literature ?
He knew Mademoiselle Reisz a good deal better than he wanted to know her, he informed his questioner.
All the others had been dying to ask the question, yet one and all laughed at the conscious manner and blushing cheek of the questioner.
You must needs be a stranger in this region, friend," answered the townsman, looking curiously at the questioner and his savage companion, "else you would surely have heard of Mistress Hester Prynne and her evil doings.
I wished the sea had washed the rudder and the smoke-stack and the captain away--then I could have located this questioner.
I silently shook my questioner, and at last succeeded in equipping her for departure.
This time, a pair of haggard eyes had looked at the questioner, before the face had dropped again.
Several gentlemen were much affected; and a third questioner, forcing himself to the front, inquired with extreme feeling: 'How do you find the beef?
Drat that boy," interposed my sister, frowning at me over her work, "what a questioner he is.
The great rich London doctor cried out aloud with a sharp, throttling cry; he dashed his questioner across the open space, and, with his hands over his head, fled out of the door like a detected thief.
But that is not a man's name; that is the name of a mountain," cried the poor questioner, who began to lose his head.
exclaimed Caderousse, whose countenance flushed darkly as he caught the penetrating gaze of the abbe fixed on him, while the clear, calm eye of the questioner seemed to dilate with feverish scrutiny.
D'Artagnan sought, then, with his usual skill, a promising questioner in the hostelry of La Roche-Bernard.