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


Now don't get suspicious, and tell me to mind my own business when I ask you questions.

No questions were asked; no information given; they simply disappeared.

Hope asked no questions, and hardly felt the impulse to inquire what had happened.

From the viewpoint of centuries, the questions that come to us are narrowed and few.

These questions, in her sober mood, weighed the others down.

She must either answer her questions or persuade her not to ask any.

To these questions a mental echo answered with a melancholy negative.

Catechization is not a method of instruction by means of questions and answers.

Each chapter of this explanation is followed by a number of questions.

"I've refused all these to Uncle Timothy; he's been worrying me with questions—" I said desperately.


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."