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open question

a matter which is undecided
a question that cannot be answered with a yes or no but requires a developed answer
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  • Whether, then, Weishaupt was directly inspired by Mendelssohn or any other Jew must remain for the present an open question.

  • On the whole, open shelves may be viewed as an open question.

    A Book for All Readers Ainsworth Rand Spofford
  • The only open question is as to the proper limit to this development.

    The Principles of Economics Frank A. Fetter
  • Why iron should have been tabooed by the Fairy and her father, must remain an open question.

    Welsh Folk-Lore Elias Owen
  • Precisely what a species through thousands of generations of selection and survival might adapt itself to, is an open question.

    Mars and its Mystery Edward Sylvester Morse
Idioms and Phrases with open question

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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