open question


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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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"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. And so we know that in order to maintain our physical bodies we must cause all our organs properly to function.
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. Too, the beast might consider him already dead and any movement that indicated the contrary was true would, in all likelihood, arouse the killing instinct of the man-eater.
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.'
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.
Analysts suspect Powell will leave that an open question with tomorrow's testimony.
At present, liability coverage attaches to the driver of a car, and it remains an open question as to who would be held liable in the event that an autonomous car causes an accident.
In an interview with Italian newspaper, Illinois Sole 24 Ore, the head of the ECB said it was an open question whether further stimulus was needed.