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[kwes-chuh n] /ˈkwɛs tʃən/
a sentence in an interrogative form, addressed to someone in order to get information in reply.
a problem for discussion or under discussion; a matter for investigation.
a matter of some uncertainty or difficulty; problem (usually followed by of):
It was simply a question of time.
a subject of dispute or controversy.
a proposal to be debated or voted on, as in a meeting or a deliberative assembly.
the procedure of putting a proposal to vote.
Politics. a problem of public policy submitted to the voters for an expression of opinion.
  1. a controversy that is submitted to a judicial tribunal or administrative agency for decision.
  2. the interrogation by which information is secured.
  3. Obsolete. judicial examination or trial.
the act of asking or inquiring; interrogation; query.
inquiry into or discussion of some problem or doubtful matter.
verb (used with object)
to ask (someone) a question; ask questions of; interrogate.
to ask or inquire.
to make a question of; doubt:
He questioned her sincerity.
to challenge or dispute:
She questioned the judge's authority in the case.
verb (used without object)
to ask a question or questions.
beg the question. beg1 (def 9).
beyond question, beyond dispute; without doubt:
It was, beyond question, a magnificent performance.
Also, beyond all question.
call in / into question,
  1. to dispute; challenge.
  2. to cast doubt upon; question:
    This report calls into question all previous research on the subject.
in question,
  1. under consideration.
  2. in dispute.
out of the question, not to be considered; unthinkable; impossible:
She thought about a trip to Spain but dismissed it as out of the question.
Origin of question
1250-1300; (noun) Middle English questio(u)n, questiun < Anglo-French questiun, Middle French question < Latin quaestiōn- (stem of quaestiō), equivalent to quaes-, stem of quaerere to ask + -tiōn- -tion; (v.) late Middle English < Middle French questioner, derivative of the noun
Related forms
questioner, noun
counterquestion, noun, verb
outquestion, verb (used with object)
prequestion, verb (used with object)
requestion, verb (used with object)
subquestion, noun
1. inquiry, query, interrogation. 11. query, examine. 12. See inquire.
1, 11. answer, reply. Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for beyond question
Historical Examples
  • beyond question Mr. Horton's fine story is destined to take high rank among the books of the day.

    Lazarre Mary Hartwell Catherwood
  • It is beyond question that they are not only new to us but new to Mars!

  • The girl was beyond question a most rare and exceptional medium.

    From Out the Vasty Deep Mrs. Belloc Lowndes
  • Everything her father did inspired her with reverence and was beyond question.

    War and Peace Leo Tolstoy
  • To a Westerner such gun practice looks absurd; but it is accurate, beyond question.

    Our Southern Highlanders Horace Kephart
  • "It is some great nobleman, beyond question," said one of the townspeople.

  • Considering the nature of the evidence, this view can scarcely be regarded as beyond question.

    The Heroic Age H. Munro Chadwick
  • The fruit that went into the sack was beyond question the best in the wagon.

    Otherwise Phyllis Meredith Nicholson
  • "Oh, you may rest assured my social position is beyond question," the stranger said, as if divining his thought.

    The Devil Joseph O'Brien
  • beyond question, she was the girl of the Little Dipper; there was no mistaking her.

    The Madness of May Meredith Nicholson
British Dictionary definitions for beyond question


a form of words addressed to a person in order to elicit information or evoke a response; interrogative sentence
a point at issue: it's only a question of time until she dies, the question is how long they can keep up the pressure
a difficulty or uncertainty; doubtful point: a question of money, there's no question about it
  1. an act of asking
  2. an investigation into some problem or difficulty
a motion presented for debate by a deliberative body
put the question, to require members of a deliberative assembly to vote on a motion presented
(law) a matter submitted to a court or other tribunal for judicial or quasi-judicial decision
question of fact, (in English law) that part of the issue before a court that is decided by the jury
question of law, (in English law) that part of the issue before a court that is decided by the judge
beg the question
  1. to avoid giving a direct answer by posing another question
  2. to assume the truth of that which is intended to be proved See petitio principii
beyond (all) question, beyond (any) dispute or doubt
call in, into question
  1. to make (something) the subject of disagreement
  2. to cast doubt upon the validity, truth, etc, of (something)
in question, under discussion: this is the man in question
out of the question, beyond consideration; unthinkable or impossible: the marriage is out of the question
(informal) pop the question, to propose marriage
verb (mainly transitive)
to put a question or questions to (a person); interrogate
to make (something) the subject of dispute or disagreement
to express uncertainty about the validity, truth, etc, of (something); doubt
Derived Forms
questioner, noun
Usage note
The question whether should be used rather than the question of whether or the question as to whether: this leaves open the question whether he acted correctly
Word Origin
C13: via Old French from Latin quaestiō, from quaerere to seek
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Word Origin and History for beyond question



early 13c., "philosophical or theological problem;" early 14c. as "utterance meant to elicit an answer or discussion," also as "a difficulty, a doubt," from Anglo-French questiun, Old French question "question, difficulty, problem; legal inquest, interrogation, torture," from Latin quaestionem (nominative quaestio) "a seeking, a questioning, inquiry, examining, judicial investigation," noun of action from past participle stem of quaerere "ask, seek" (see query (v.)).

No question "undoubtedly" is from mid-15c; no questions asked "accountability not required" is from 1879 (especially in newspaper advertisements seeking the return of something lost or stolen). Question mark is from 1849, sometimes also question stop (1862); figurative use is from 1869. To be out of the question (c.1700) is to be not pertinent to the subject, hence "not to be considered."


late 15c., from question (n.) and from Middle French questionner "ask questions, interrogate, torture" (13c.), from question (n.). Related: Questioned; questioning. Alternative questionize attested from 1847.

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Idioms and Phrases with beyond question

beyond question

Also, beyond all or without question . Definitely, certainly, as in Beyond question he is the best man for the job . This idiom indicates that something is so sure it cannot be questioned. So used since the late 1500s, it was also put as past question , by Shakespeare and others. Also see beyond a doubt
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