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[in-tuh-rog-uh-tiv] /ˌɪn təˈrɒg ə tɪv/
of, relating to, or conveying a question.
Grammar. forming, constituting, or used in or to form a question:
an interrogative pronoun, suffix, particle, or sentence.
Grammar. an interrogative word, element, or construction, as who? and what?
Origin of interrogative
1510-20; < Late Latin interrogātīvus. See interrogate, -ive
Related forms
interrogatively, adverb
uninterrogative, adjective
uninterrogatively, adverb Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for interrogative
Historical Examples
  • Tell, in each sentence, whether who or whom is an interrogative or a relative pronoun.

  • The accent was interrogative, although it was plain that only one answer was expected.

    The Dominant Strain Anna Chapin Ray
  • Now the practice of interrogative Analysis compels such persons to interrogate—to propose questions—to think.

    Assimilative Memory Marcus Dwight Larrowe (AKA Prof. A. Loisette)
  • But coming out of my stateroom with an interrogative “Mr. Jacobus?”

    'Twixt Land & Sea Joseph Conrad
  • His tone was interrogative, but he did not wait to hear her opinion on the subject, but at once repaired to the parlour.

  • What Inflection is placed on the interrogative sentence in Par.

  • He was a tall man with a pointed beard, and he advanced towards her in interrogative silence, flicking a cigarette.

    The Man Who Was Good Leonard Merrick
  • At last, he caught the idea of location—but it was location in the interrogative!

    Islands of Space John W Campbell
  • This is the regular form of interrogative in the third person.

    Frdric Mistral Charles Alfred Downer
  • She knew by the change of his look, interrogative, amused, incredulous.

    The Coast of Chance Esther Chamberlain
British Dictionary definitions for interrogative


asking or having the nature of a question
denoting a form or construction used in asking a question
denoting or belonging to a class of words, such as which and whom, that are determiners, adjectives, or pronouns and serve to question which individual referent or referents are intended Compare demonstrative, relative
an interrogative word, phrase, sentence, or construction
a question mark
Derived Forms
interrogatively, adverb
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Word Origin and History for interrogative

c.1500, from Late Latin interrogativus "pertaining to a question," from Latin interrogat-, past participle stem of interrogare (see interrogation) + -ive.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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