American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- adj. Asking a question; of the nature of a question; interrogative.
- n. Law A formal or written question, as to a witness, usually requiring an answer under oath.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Interrogative; containing or expressing a question; pertaining to or consisting of questions: as, an interrogatory sentence; the interrogatory method of instruction.
- n. pl. interrogatories (-riz). A question or inquiry; in law, usually, a question in writing: as, to file interrogatories to be answered by a party or a witness. Formerly also inter-gatory.
- n. law A formal question submitted to opposing party to answer, generally governed by court rule.
- n. A question; an interrogation.
- adj. Serving to interrogate; questioning.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Law) A formal question or inquiry a question or series of questions asked in writing, usually as part of a lawsuit.
- adj. Containing, expressing, or implying a question.
- n. formal systematic questioning
- adj. relating to the use of or having the nature of an interrogation
“The crime section of the blogopshere is in interrogatory mode tonight.”
“Filmmaker Errol Morris has grown famous and revered as the pioneer of what could be called interrogatory cinema -- …”
“The Goddamn Parrot made some kind of interrogatory noise.”
“Paul, who is now chairman of the monetary policy subcommittee that has direct oversight of the Fed, put his question in a interrogatory gust of 670 words, in which he said he couldn't find a definition for the dollar in the U.S. code and asked the chairman what, as he sought to manage the dollar, was his definition of it.”
“Mrs. Grimble recommenced the client interrogatory, turning on the smarm.”
“What was clear before I had even launched the interrogatory list was that Attenborough is heartily sick of one question? about which animal he would choose to be himself.”
“Secrecy and strong interrogatory techniques (what you improperly call “torture” in a polemic way – like there was a comparison with those techniques and what we call in France the “supplices” applied before Revolution) are needed for strategic interest, to save lives.”
“It was an affidavit for debtors interrogatory," explained Winters.”
“After a wealthy couple is murdered, Rizzoli's off to the state pen to play Hannibal-and-Clarice interrogatory games with a serial killer, on the hunch that he's trained an apprentice.”
“A little over three years ago, I was given the job of interviewing a young bike racer I'd never heard of for a Guardian website feature in which athletes are removed from their comfort zone and forced, Guantánamo Bay-style, to face a barrage of interrogatory projectiles with little or no relevance to their chosen field of expertise.”
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