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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR QUESTIONERS

The answer has been as variable as the purpose of the questioners.

Straws, informed on all matters, was able to satisfy his questioners.

Anglique was often too frank by half, and questioners got from her more than they liked to hear.

Some of the questions were not easy to answer, considering that the questioners were Hindus.

“No,” answered the cibolero, while he observed the continued confusion of his questioners.

The questioners sat there in silence, and watched him as he slept.

His eyes, gray in color, were clear and direct as he faced his questioners.

Of course, my questioners were neither engineers nor geographers.

But neither Tweedle-dum nor Tweedle-dee enlightened the questioners.

The like answer Christianity has still to give to its questioners.

WORD ORIGIN

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 (v.)).

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); 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."

Roget's 21st Century Thesaurus, Third Edition Copyright © 2013 by the Philip Lief Group.