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[in-tuh-rog-uh-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee] /ˌɪn təˈrɒg əˌtɔr i, -ˌtoʊr i/
conveying or expressing a question; interrogative.
noun, plural interrogatories.
a question; inquiry.
Law. a formal or written question.
Origin of interrogatory
1525-35; < Late Latin interrogātōrius. See interrogate, -tory1
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[in-tuh-rog-uh-tawr-uh-lee, -tohr-, -rog-uh-tawr-, -tohr-] /ˌɪn təˈrɒg əˌtɔr ə li, -ˌtoʊr-, -ˌrɒg əˈtɔr-, -ˈtoʊr-/ (Show IPA),
uninterrogatory, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for interrogatory
Historical Examples
  • They did not even hustle him, but there were interrogatory syllables directed to the interpreter.

    The Prisoner Alice Brown
  • The interrogatory of the prisoner was followed by a brief commotion in court.

  • He arranged in his mind the interrogatory which was to take place.

    At the Villa Rose A. E. W. Mason
  • You are immensely illiterate; but I will reply to your interrogatory.

  • "So far as I can see," answered the king, who could make nothing of this interrogatory.

    The Puppet Crown Harold MacGrath
  • Then, to repeat my interrogatory, what was you a doing of with the kitten in the hogshead?

    Paul Prescott's Charge Horatio Alger
  • With this interrogatory we are fairly launched on the discussion of our subject.

  • I signed the interrogatory after I had read it carefully, and went away.

    The Memoires of Casanova, Complete Jacques Casanova de Seingalt
  • This interrogatory occurred to those who stood upon the whale.

    The Ocean Waifs Mayne Reid
  • Rosarita fixed her eyes upon the speaker with an interrogatory expression.

    Wood Rangers Mayne Reid
British Dictionary definitions for interrogatory


/ˌɪntəˈrɒɡətərɪ; -trɪ/
expressing or involving a question
noun (pl) -tories
a question or interrogation
Derived Forms
interrogatorily, adverb
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for interrogatory

1570s, from Late Latin interrogatorius "consisting of questions," from past participle stem of interrogare (see interrogation).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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