from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th 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.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A formal question submitted to opposing party to answer, generally governed by court rule.
  • n. A question; an interrogation.
  • adj. Serving to interrogate; questioning.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Containing, expressing, or implying a question.
  • n. A formal question or inquiry

from The 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.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. formal systematic questioning
  • adj. relating to the use of or having the nature of an interrogation


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