questioning

Questioning is an appeal or demand for an answer, or for more information. Sometimes the police will bring a witness to a crime into the station for questioning.

When you participate in questioning, you may very well have a questioning look on your face. As an adjective, questioning can mean "curious," "confused or perplexed," or even "skeptical." If you show up at school in a clown costume, your teachers and friends might look at you in a questioning way — or they may dive right into the questioning, demanding: "What on earth are you wearing?"

Definitions of questioning
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n a request for information

Synonyms:
inquiring
Types:
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challenge
questioning a statement and demanding an explanation
enquiry, inquiry, interrogation, query, question
an instance of questioning
examination, interrogation, interrogatory
formal systematic questioning
catechism
a series of question put to an individual (such as a political candidate) to elicit their views
deposition
(law) a pretrial interrogation of a witness; usually conducted in a lawyer's office
inquisition
a severe interrogation (often violating the rights or privacy of individuals)
third degree
interrogation often accompanied by torture to extort information or a confession
cross-examination
(law) close questioning of a hostile witness in a court of law to discredit or throw a new light on the testimony already provided in direct examination
direct examination
(law) the initial questioning of a witness by the party that called the witness
redirect examination, reexamination
(law) questioning of a witness by the party that called the witness after that witness has been subject to cross-examination
interview
the questioning of a person (or a conversation in which information is elicited); often conducted by journalists
debriefing
report of a mission or task
Type of:
asking, request
the verbal act of requesting

adj perplexed (as if being expected to know something that you do not know)

Synonyms:
quizzical
perplexed
full of difficulty or confusion or bewilderment

adj marked by or given to doubt

Synonyms:
doubting, sceptical, skeptical
distrustful
having or showing distrust

adj showing curiosity

Synonyms:
inquisitive, speculative, wondering
curious
eager to investigate and learn or learn more (sometimes about others' concerns)

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