a sentence in an interrogative form, addressed to someone in order to get information in reply.
a problem for discussion or under discussion; a matter for investigation.
a matter of some uncertainty or difficulty; problem (usually followed by of):
It was simply a question of time.
a subject of dispute or controversy.
a proposal to be debated or voted on, as in a meeting or a deliberative assembly.
the procedure of putting a proposal to vote.
Politics. a problem of public policy submitted to the voters for an expression of opinion.
a controversy that is submitted to a judicial tribunal or administrative agency for decision.
the interrogation by which information is secured.
Obsolete. judicial examination or trial.
the act of asking or inquiring; interrogation; query.
inquiry into or discussion of some problem or doubtful matter.
to ask (someone) a question; ask questions of; interrogate.
to ask or inquire.
to make a question of; doubt:
He questioned her sincerity.
to challenge or dispute:
She questioned the judge’s authority in the case.
to ask a question or questions.
beg the question. beg1 (def 9).
beyond question, beyond dispute; without doubt:
It was, beyond question, a magnificent performance.
Also, beyond all question.
call in / into question,
to dispute; challenge.
to cast doubt upon; question:
This report calls into question all previous research on the subject.
out of the question, not to be considered; unthinkable; impossible:
She thought about a trip to Spain but dismissed it as out of the question.
Lazarre Mary Hartwell Catherwood
To Mars via The Moon Mark Wicks
From Out the Vasty Deep Mrs. Belloc Lowndes
War and Peace Leo Tolstoy
Our Southern Highlanders Horace Kephart
Short Stories of Various Types Various
The Heroic Age H. Munro Chadwick
Otherwise Phyllis Meredith Nicholson
The Devil Joseph O’Brien
The Madness of May Meredith Nicholson
a form of words addressed to a person in order to elicit information or evoke a response; interrogative sentence
a point at issue: it’s only a question of time until she dies, the question is how long they can keep up the pressure
a difficulty or uncertainty; doubtful point: a question of money, there’s no question about it
an act of asking
an investigation into some problem or difficulty
a motion presented for debate by a deliberative body
put the question, to require members of a deliberative assembly to vote on a motion presented
(law) a matter submitted to a court or other tribunal for judicial or quasi-judicial decision
question of fact, (in English law) that part of the issue before a court that is decided by the jury
question of law, (in English law) that part of the issue before a court that is decided by the judge
beg the question
to avoid giving a direct answer by posing another question
to assume the truth of that which is intended to be proved See petitio principii
beyond (all) question, beyond (any) dispute or doubt
call in, into question
to make (something) the subject of disagreement
to cast doubt upon the validity, truth, etc, of (something)
in question, under discussion: this is the man in question
out of the question, beyond consideration; unthinkable or impossible: the marriage is out of the question
(informal) pop the question, to propose marriage
verb (mainly transitive)
to put a question or questions to (a person); interrogate
to make (something) the subject of dispute or disagreement
to express uncertainty about the validity, truth, etc, of (something); doubt
Also, beyond all or without question . Definitely, certainly, as in Beyond question he is the best man for the job . This idiom indicates that something is so sure it cannot be questioned. So used since the late 1500s, it was also put as past question , by Shakespeare and others. Also see beyond a doubt
ask a stupid question
beg the question
beside the point (question)
call in question
out of the question
pop the question
- Beyond recall
Irreversible, irretrievable, as in We can’t repair this screen—it’s beyond recall, or It’s too late to cancel our plans—they’re beyond recall. This idiom employs recall in the sense of revoking or annulling something. [ Mid-1600s ] Historical Examples The Christian Foundation, Or, Scientific and Religious Journal, Volume 1, January, 1880 Various Problems of Expansion Whitelaw […]
- Beyond reproach
Blameless, faultless, as in Jean’s conduct at school is beyond reproach. The phrase employs the verb to reproach in the sense of “censure or rebuke,” a usage dating from the early 1500s. Historical Examples Blackwood’s Edinburgh Magazine, Volume 61, No. 377, March 1847 Various A Son of the City Herman Gastrell Seely The Lady of […]
- Beyond shadow of doubt
to be uncertain about; consider questionable or unlikely; hesitate to believe. to distrust. Archaic. to fear; be apprehensive about. to be uncertain about something; be undecided in opinion or belief. a feeling of uncertainty about the truth, reality, or nature of something. distrust. a state of affairs such as to occasion uncertainty. Obsolete. fear; dread. […]
- Beyond the call of duty
see under above and beyond