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
  1. noun
    a request for information
    synonyms: inquiring
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    questioning a statement and demanding an explanation
    enquiry, inquiry, interrogation, query, question
    an instance of questioning
    examination, interrogation, interrogatory
    formal systematic questioning
    a series of question put to an individual (such as a political candidate) to elicit their views
    (law) a pretrial interrogation of a witness; usually conducted in a lawyer's office
    a severe interrogation (often violating the rights or privacy of individuals)
    third degree
    interrogation often accompanied by torture to extort information or a confession
    (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
    the questioning of a person (or a conversation in which information is elicited); often conducted by journalists
    report of a mission or task
    type of:
    asking, request
    the verbal act of requesting
  2. adjective
    perplexed (as if being expected to know something that you do not know)
    synonyms: quizzical
    full of difficulty or confusion or bewilderment
  3. adjective
    marked by or given to doubt
    synonyms: doubting, sceptical, skeptical
    having or showing distrust
  4. adjective
    showing curiosity
    synonyms: inquisitive, speculative, wondering
    eager to investigate and learn or learn more (sometimes about others' concerns)
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