quaestio

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Latin quaestio (inquiry)

Noun[edit]

quaestio (plural quaestiones)

  1. (law, historical) In ancient Rome, a commission to inquire into a criminal matter given to a citizen (the quaesitor) who then reported to whoever appointed him.

Latin[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From quaerō. Compare with later quaesītiō.

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

quaestiō f (genitive quaestiōnis); third declension

  1. seeking
  2. inquiry, investigation, questioning, question
  3. inquisition

Inflection[edit]

Third declension.

Case Singular Plural
nominative quaestiō quaestiōnēs
genitive quaestiōnis quaestiōnum
dative quaestiōnī quaestiōnibus
accusative quaestiōnem quaestiōnēs
ablative quaestiōne quaestiōnibus
vocative quaestiō quaestiōnēs

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References[edit]

  • quaestio in Charlton T. Lewis and Charles Short (1879) A Latin Dictionary, Oxford: Clarendon Press
  • quaestio in Charlton T. Lewis (1891) An Elementary Latin Dictionary, New York: Harper & Brothers
  • du Cange, Charles (1883), “quaestio”, in G. A. Louis Henschel, Pierre Carpentier, Léopold Favre, editors, Glossarium Mediæ et Infimæ Latinitatis (in Latin), Niort: L. Favre
  • quaestio” in Félix Gaffiot’s Dictionnaire Illustré Latin-Français, Hachette (1934)
  • Carl Meissner; Henry William Auden (1894) Latin Phrase-Book[1], London: Macmillan and Co.
    • systematic, scientific discussion: disputatio, quaestio
    • to propose a subject of debate, put a question: quaestionem ponere, proponere
    • to get a question submitted to one: quaestionem poscere (Fin. 2. 1. 1)
    • at this point the question arises: hoc loco exsistit quaestio, quaeritur
    • it is a difficult point, disputed question: magna quaestio est (followed by an indirect question)
    • to decide, determine a question: quaestionem solvere
    • the question has been settled: quaestio ad exitum venit
    • the standing commissions of inquiry: quaestiones perpetuae (Brut. 27. 106)
    • to examine a person, a matter: quaestionem habere de aliquo, de aliqua re or in aliquem
    • to preside over an inquiry: quaestioni praeesse
  • quaestio in Harry Thurston Peck, editor (1898) Harper's Dictionary of Classical Antiquities, New York: Harper & Brothers
  • quaestio in Ramminger, Johann (accessed 16 July 2016) Neulateinische Wortliste: Ein Wörterbuch des Lateinischen von Petrarca bis 1700[2], pre-publication website, 2005-2016