interrogative

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From Late Latin interrogativus.

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interrogative

  1. (grammar) Asking or denoting a question: as, an interrogative phrase, pronoun, or point.
    • 1877: William Dwight Whitney, Essentials of English Grammar for the Use of Schools §470
      The regular place of the interrogative word, of whatever kind, is at the beginning of the sentence, or as near it as possible.
  2. Pertaining to inquiry; questioning: as, an interrogative look or tone of voice.
    • 1847: Charles Sealsfield, Rambleton: A Romance of Fashionable Life in New-York during the Great Speculation of 1836 OCLC 12337689, page 127:
      Thus speaking, the good man regarded his lady with an interrogative look. "I do n't know, dear!" she replied kindly, and sighing again.

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interrogative ‎(plural interrogatives)

  1. (grammar) A word (pronoun, pronominal adjective, or adverb) implying interrogation, or used for asking a question: why, who, when, etc.
  2. (typography, archaic) Synonym of question mark?⟩.
  3. (rare) A question; an interrogation.
    • 1819: Sir Walter Scott, A Legend of Montrose, xii
      "Who are you, sir, and what is your business?" demanded the Marquis... "That is a fair interrogative, my lord," answered Dalgetty.

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  • interrogative in The Century Dictionary, The Century Co., New York, 1911

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interrogative

  1. feminine singular of interrogatif

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interrogative f pl

  1. feminine plural of interrogativo

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From interrogātīvus ‎(interrogative).

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interrogātīvē (comparative interrogātīvius, superlative interrogātīvissimē)

  1. interrogatively

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