open question

World English Dictionary
open question
 
n
1.  a matter which is undecided
2.  a question that cannot be answered with a yes or no but requires a developed answer

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open question

An unresolved issue, one that has not been finally determined. For example, Whether the town should pave all the unpaved roads remains an open question. In the mid-1800s this term acquired a specific meaning in the British Parliament, that is, "an issue on which members may vote independently, without respect to their party affiliation."

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