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QUESTION, noun ques'chun. [Latin quaestio. See Quest.]

1. The act of asking; an interrogatory; as, to examine by question and answer.

2. That which is asked; something proposed which is to be solved by answer. What is the question?

3. Inquiry; disquisition; discussion.

It is to be put to question whether it is lawful for christian princes to make an invasive war, simply for the propagation of the faith.

4. Dispute or subject of debate.

There arose a question between some of John's disciples and the Jews, about purifying. John 3:25.

5. Doubt; controversy; dispute. The story is true beyond all question

This does not bring their truth in question

6. Trial; examination; judicial trial or inquiry.

Of the hope and resurrection of the dead I am called in question Acts 23:6. Acts 24:21.

7. Examination by torture.

8. Endeavor; effort; act of seeking. [Not in use.]

9. In logic, a proposition stated by way of interrogation.

In question in debate; in the course of examination or discussion; as, the matter or point in question

QUES'TION, verb intransitive

1. To ask a question or questions; to inquire by interrogatory or proposition to be answered.

He that questioneth much, shall learn much.

2. To debate by interrogatories.

QUES'TION, verb transitive

1. To inquire of by asking questions; to examine by interrogatories; as, to question a witness.

2. To doubt of; to be uncertain of.

And most we question what we most desire.

3. To have no confidence in; to treat as doubtful. If a man is frustrated in his designs, his prudence is questions.