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Alternative forms[edit]


Uncertain, suggestions include:

  • from contus (stick, pole; plummet), as if "to probe, to feel the depth with a (long) pole";
  • from cūnctor, but semantically unconvincing and more likely simply influenced by it;
  • from Proto-Indo-European *preḱ- (to ask).



percontor (present infinitive percontārī or percontārier, perfect active percontātus sum); first conjugation, deponent

  1. I inquire, investigate
  2. I question, interrogate


   Conjugation of percontor (first conjugation, deponent)
indicative singular plural
first second third first second third
active present percontor percontāris, percontāre percontātur percontāmur percontāminī percontantur
imperfect percontābar percontābāris, percontābāre percontābātur percontābāmur percontābāminī percontābantur
future percontābor percontāberis, percontābere percontābitur percontābimur percontābiminī percontābuntur
perfect percontātus + present active indicative of sum
pluperfect percontātus + imperfect active indicative of sum
future perfect percontātus + future active indicative of sum
subjunctive singular plural
first second third first second third
active present perconter percontēris, percontēre percontētur percontēmur percontēminī percontentur
imperfect percontārer percontārēris, percontārēre percontārētur percontārēmur percontārēminī percontārentur
perfect percontātus + present active subjunctive of sum
pluperfect percontātus + imperfect active subjunctive of sum
imperative singular plural
first second third first second third
active present percontāre percontāminī
future percontātor percontātor percontantor
non-finite forms active passive
present perfect future present perfect future
infinitives percontārī, percontārier1 percontātum esse percontātūrum esse
participles percontāns percontātus percontātūrus percontandus
verbal nouns gerund supine
genitive dative accusative ablative accusative ablative
percontandī percontandō percontandum percontandō percontātum percontātū

1The present passive infinitive in -ier is a rare poetic form which is attested for this verb.

Derived terms[edit]



  • percontor in Charlton T. Lewis and Charles Short (1879) A Latin Dictionary, Oxford: Clarendon Press
  • percontor in Charlton T. Lewis (1891) An Elementary Latin Dictionary, New York: Harper & Brothers
  • percontor in Gaffiot, Félix (1934) Dictionnaire illustré Latin-Français, Hachette