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From Late Latin interrogātīvus.

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interrogative

  1. (grammar) Asking or denoting a question: as, an interrogative phrase, pronoun, or point.
    • 1877, William Dwight Whitney, Essentials of English Grammar for the Use of Schools, §470:
      The regular place of the interrogative word, of whatever kind, is at the beginning of the sentence, or as near it as possible.
  2. Pertaining to inquiry; questioning
    He took on an interrogative tone of voice.
    • 1847, Charles Sealsfield, Rambleton: A Romance of Fashionable Life in New-York during the Great Speculation of 1836, →OCLC, page 127:
      Thus speaking, the good man regarded his lady with an interrogative look. "I do n't know, dear!" she replied kindly, and sighing again.

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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. (typography, archaic) Synonym of question mark?⟩.
  3. (rare) A question; an interrogation.
    • 1819, Sir Walter Scott, A Legend of Montrose, section XII:
      "Who are you, sir, and what is your business?" demanded the Marquis... "That is a fair interrogative, my lord," answered Dalgetty.

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  • IPA(key): /ɛ̃.tɛ.ʁɔ.ɡa.tiv/, /ɛ̃.te.ʁɔ.ɡa.tiv/
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interrogative f sg

  1. feminine singular of interrogatif

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interrogative

  1. inflection of interrogativ:
    1. strong/mixed nominative/accusative feminine singular
    2. strong nominative/accusative plural
    3. weak nominative all-gender singular
    4. weak accusative feminine/neuter singular

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interrogative f pl

  1. feminine plural of interrogativo

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Latin

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Etymology

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From interrogātīvus (interrogative).

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interrogātīvē (comparative interrogātīvius, superlative interrogātīvissimē)

  1. interrogatively
    Synonym: interroganter
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