Legal Definition and Related Resources of Question

Meaning of Question

An interrogatory, an inquiry. A point at issue between parties ; a subject of investigation or debate.

Question Alternative Definition

In Old Criminal Law. A means sometimes employed in some countries, by torture, to compel supposed great criminals to disclose their accomplices or to acknowledge their crimes. This torture is called “question” because, as the unfortunate person accused is made to suffer pain, he is asked questions as to his supposed crime or accomplices. This is unknown in the United States.’ See Poth. Proc. Crim. sec. 5, art. 2, § 3. In Evidence. An Interrogation put to a witness, requesting him to declare the truth of certain facts as far as he knows them. Questions are either general or leading. By a general question is meant such a one as requires the witness to state all he knows, without any suggestion being made to him; as, “Who gave the blow?” A leading question is one which leads the mind of the witness to the answer, or suggests it to him; as, “Did A. B. give the blow?” The Romans called -a question by which the fact or supposed fact which the interrogator expected or wished to find asserted in and by the answer was made known to the proposed respondent a “suggestive” interrogation; as, “Is not your name A. B.? ‘ See “Leading Question.” In Practice. A point on which the parties are not agreed, and which is submitted to the decision of a judge and jury. When the doubt or difference arises as to what the law is on a certain state of facts, this is said to be a “legal question;” and when the party demurs, this is to be decided by the court. When it arises as to the truth or falsehood of facts, this is a “quesQUESTUS EST NOBIS tion of fact,” and is to be decided by the jury.

Synonyms of Question

(Inquiry), noun

  • asking
  • essay
  • examination
  • exploration
  • inquisition
  • interpellation
  • interrogation
  • interrogatory
  • investigation
  • probe
  • quaestio
  • query
  • rogatio
  • scrutiny
  • search
  • subject of inquiry
  • survey
  • test
  • theme of inquiry Associated Concepts: leading question foreign phrases: Rogationes
  • quaestiones
  • et positiones debent esse simplices
  • Demands
  • questions
  • and claims ought to be simple
  • Multiplex et indistinctum parit confusionem; et quaestiones quo simpliciores
  • eo lucidiores
  • Multiplicity and indistinctness produce confusion; and the more simple the questions
  • the more lucid they are

(Issue), noun

  • bone of contention
  • case
  • enigma
  • mystery
  • point in dispute
  • problem
  • proposition
  • puzzle
  • subject
  • theme
  • topic
  • Associated Concepts: mixed question of law and fact
  • political question
  • question of fact
  • question of law

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Translate Leading Question from English to Spanish

Translation of Leading Question , with examples. More about free online translation into Spanish of Pregunta que sugiere la respuesta and other legal terms is available here.

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Etimology of Question

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early 13c., “philosophical or theological problem;” early 14c. as “utterance meant to elicit an answer or discussion,” also as “a difficulty, a doubt,” from Anglo-French questiun, Old French question “question, difficulty, problem; legal inquest, interrogation, torture,” from Latin quaestionem (nominative quaestio) “a seeking, a questioning, inquiry, examining, judicial investigation,” noun of action from past participle stem of quaerere “ask, seek” (see query (verb)). No question “undoubtedly” is from mid-15c; no questions asked “accountability not required” is from 1879 (especially in newspaper advertisements seeking the return of something lost or stolen). Question mark is from 1849, sometimes also question stop (1862), earlier interrogation point (1590s); figurative use is from 1869. To be out of the question (c. 1700) is to be not pertinent to the subject, hence “not to be considered.”





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