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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.

questioning

(ˈkwɛstʃənɪŋ)
adj
1. proceeding from or characterized by a feeling of doubt or uncertainty
2. enthusiastic or eager for philosophical or other investigations; intellectually stimulated: an alert and questioning mind.
ˈquestioningly adv

Questioning


a method of oral instruction involving question and answer techniques. — catechist, n.
that part of theological training that deals with the imparting of religious knowledge through catechesis and printed catechisms. — catechetic, catechetical, adj.
a person who makes inquiries or asks questions.
the act or practice of quizzing or questioning.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.questioning - a request for informationquestioning - a request for information    
asking, request - the verbal act of requesting
challenge - questioning a statement and demanding an explanation; "his challenge of the assumption that Japan is still our enemy"
enquiry, query, question, inquiry, interrogation - an instance of questioning; "there was a question about my training"; "we made inquiries of all those who were present"
interrogatory, examination, interrogation - formal systematic questioning
Adj.1.questioning - perplexed (as if being expected to know something that you do not know); "he had a quizzical expression"
perplexed - full of difficulty or confusion or bewilderment; "perplexed language"; "perplexed state of the world"
2.questioning - marked by or given to doubtquestioning - marked by or given to doubt; "a skeptical attitude"; "a skeptical listener"
distrustful - having or showing distrust; "a man of distrustful nature"; "my experience...in other fields of law has made me distrustful of rules of thumb generally"- B.N.Cardozo; "vigilant and distrustful superintendence"- Thomas Jefferson
3.questioning - showing curiosity; "if someone saw a man climbing a light post they might get inquisitive"; "raised a speculative eyebrow"
curious - eager to investigate and learn or learn more (sometimes about others' concerns); "a curious child is a teacher's delight"; "a trap door that made me curious"; "curious investigators"; "traffic was slowed by curious rubberneckers"; "curious about the neighbor's doings"

questioning

adjective
1. Eager to acquire knowledge:
2. Refusing or reluctant to believe:
Translations

questioning

[ˈkwestʃənɪŋ]
A. ADJ [tone, mind] → inquisitivo, inquisidor
she gave him a questioning lookle lanzó una mirada inquisitiva or inquisidora
B. N
1. (= interrogation) → interrogatorio m
he is wanted for questioning by policela policía requiere su presencia para someterlo a un interrogatorio
2. (= doubting) → cuestionamiento m, puesta f en duda

questioning

[ˈkwɛstʃənɪŋ]
adj
[look, expression] → interrogateur/trice
(= inquisitive) [mind] → curieux/euse

questioning

adj
natureneugierig, interrogativ, kritisch, in Zweifel ziehend; to have a questioning mindeine kritische Haltung haben, seiner Natur nach den Dingen auf den Grund gehen
(= doubting) lookfragend
n (by parents, husband) → Verhör nt; (by police also) → Vernehmung f; (of candidate)Befragung f; after hours of questioning by the immigration authoritiesnach stundenlanger Befragung durch die Einwanderungsbehörde; they brought him in for questioningsie holten ihn, um ihn zu vernehmen

questioning

[ˈkwɛstʃənɪŋ]
1. adj (mind) → inquisitore/trice, indagatore/trice; (expression) → interrogativo/a
References in classic literature ?
When Phoebe broke into a peal of merry laughter at what she read, he would now and then laugh for sympathy, but oftener respond with a troubled, questioning look.
He presented the cup to Hester, who received it with a slow, earnest look into his face; not precisely a look of fear, yet full of doubt and questioning as to what his purposes might be.
Meanwhile, upon questioning him in his broken fashion, Queequeg gave me to understand that, in his land, owing to the absence of settees and sofas of all sorts, the king, chiefs, and great people generally, were in the custom of fattening some of the lower orders for ottomans; and to furnish a house comfortably in that respect, you had only to buy up eight or ten lazy fellows, and lay them round in the piers and alcoves.
One old Sag-Harbor whaleman's chief reason for questioning the Hebrew story was this: --He had one of those quaint old-fashioned Bibles, embellished with curious, unscientific plates; one of which represented Jonah's whale with two spouts in his head --a peculiarity only true with respect to a species of the Leviathan (the Right Whale, and the varieties of that order), concerning which the fishermen have this saying, A penny roll would choke him; his swallow is so very small.
And when at last he had questioned until there was no more questioning to be done, and the time came for them to make up their minds, and either close the bargain or reject it, it was all that poor Teta Elzbieta could do to keep from bursting into tears.
Meantime the gentleman had been questioning us more closely, but had dug no particulars out of us.
Witness after witness was called by the state, and questioned at length; but the cross questioning was brief.
Had he been a handsome, heroic-looking young gentleman, I should not have dared to stand thus questioning him against his will, and offering my services unasked.
He said he called to gather information concerning me from you, supposing you resided there still; and Joseph told Hindley, who came out and fell to questioning him of what he had been doing, and how he had been living; and finally, desired him to walk in.
Pendril when he has come here on former visits: I have no claim to justify me in questioning him.