Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adjective Asking a question; of the nature of a question; interrogative.
  • noun A written or oral question that must be answered under oath and is asked by a party in a lawsuit of another party or of a potential witness prior to trial.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • Interrogative; containing or expressing a question; pertaining to or consisting of questions: as, an interrogatory sentence; the interrogatory method of instruction.
  • noun 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 the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun (Law) A formal question or inquiry
  • adjective Containing, expressing, or implying a question.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

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

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

  • noun formal systematic questioning
  • adjective relating to the use of or having the nature of an interrogation

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Examples

  • The crime section of the blogopshere is in interrogatory mode tonight.

    Some crime questions

  • The crime section of the blogopshere is in interrogatory mode tonight.

    July 2007

  • The crime section of the blogopshere is in interrogatory mode tonight.

    Some crime questions

  • Filmmaker Errol Morris has grown famous and revered as the pioneer of what could be called interrogatory cinema -- …

    In These Times

  • The Goddamn Parrot made some kind of interrogatory noise.

    Petty Pewter Gods

  • Mrs. Grimble recommenced the client interrogatory, turning on the smarm.

    Shortcut Man

  • 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.

    David Attenborough: 'I have been in a vehicle that was charged by a rhinoceros, and that was tiresome'

  • 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.

    Matthew Yglesias » Criminal Justice and Counterterrorism

  • 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.

    Ben Bernanke Raises The Curtain On The Fed's Activities

  • Mrs. Grimble recommenced the client interrogatory, turning on the smarm.

    Shortcut Man

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