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[kwes-chuh-nair] /ˌkwɛs tʃəˈnɛər/
a list of questions, usually printed, submitted for replies that can be analyzed for usable information:
a questionnaire used in market research.
Origin of questionnaire
1895-1900; < French, equivalent to question(er) to question + -aire; see -ary Unabridged
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Examples from the web for questionnaire
  • No one has yet devised the perfect questionnaire to diagnose what's commonly known as narcissism.
  • All candidates will be asked to complete a questionnaire as part of the application process.
  • All were asked to complete an online questionnaire normally used to help couples understand their strengths and weaknesses.
  • Give each student a questionnaire to be completed by his or her family.
  • Participants could also volunteer woes that did not fit into the questionnaire.
  • Right now, donors merely complete a questionnaire that asks whether they have had babesiosis or unexplained fever.
  • Be sure you've filled out the author's questionnaire that the publisher sent you to guide its promotion efforts.
  • To sign up for the service, customers must fill out a questionnaire about their hobbies and habits.
  • Prepare a brief questionnaire based on how students travel to school each day.
  • It was a big debate when the questionnaire was finalized.
British Dictionary definitions for questionnaire


/ˌkwɛstʃəˈnɛə; ˌkɛs-/
a set of questions on a form, submitted to a number of people in order to collect statistical information
Word Origin
C20: from French, from questionner to ask questions
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Word Origin and History for questionnaire

1901, from French questionnaire "list of formal questions," from questionner "to question," (see question (v.)). Purists preferred native formation questionary (1540s); cf. -ary.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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questionnaire in Medicine

questionnaire ques·tion·naire (kwěs'chə-nâr')
A printed form containing a set of questions, especially one addressed to a statistically significant number of subjects as a way of gathering information for a survey.

The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
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