• Interrogative

    Pronunciation

    • RP IPA: /ˌɪn.təˈɹɒ.ɡə.tɪv/

    Origin

    From Late Latin interrogativus.

    Adjective

    interrogative
    1. Asking or denoting a question; pertaining to inquiry; questioning: as, an interrogative phrase, pronoun, or point; an interrogative look or tone of voice.
      • 1877: William Dwight Whitney, Essentials of English Grammar for the Use of Schools §470The regular place of the interrogative word, of whatever kind, is at the beginning of the sentence, or as near it as possible.

    Coordinate terms

    Full definition of interrogative

    Noun

    interrogative

    (plural interrogatives)
    1. (grammar) A word (pronoun, pronominal adjective, or adverb) implying interrogation, or used for asking a question: why, who, when, etc.
    2. (rare) A question; an interrogation.
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