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questioning

[kwes-chuh-ning] /ˈkwɛs tʃə nɪŋ/
adjective
1.
indicating or implying a question:
a questioning tone in her voice.
2.
characterized by or indicating intellectual curiosity; inquiring:
an alert and questioning mind.
noun
3.
an inquiry or interrogation.
Origin
1795-1805
1795-1805; question + -ing2, -ing1
Related forms
questioningly, adverb
half-questioning, adjective
half-questioningly, adverb
unquestioning, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for un questioning

questioning

/ˈkwɛstʃənɪŋ/
adjective
1.
proceeding from or characterized by a feeling of doubt or uncertainty
2.
enthusiastic or eager for philosophical or other investigations; intellectually stimulated: an alert and questioning mind
Derived Forms
questioningly, adverb
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questioning

in law, the interrogation of a witness by attorneys or by a judge. In Anglo-American proceedings an examination usually begins with direct examination (called examination in chief in England) by the party who called the witness. After direct examination the attorney for the other party may conduct a cross-examination of the same witness, usually designed to cause him to explain, modify, or possibly contradict the testimony he provided on direct examination. It may be followed by redirect examination and even, in some U.S. jurisdictions, by re-cross-examination.

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