Definition of Interrogative

1. Noun. A sentence of inquiry that asks for a reply. "He had trouble phrasing his interrogations"

Exact synonyms: Interrogation, Interrogative Sentence, Question
Generic synonyms: Sentence
Specialized synonyms: Cross-question, Leading Question, Yes-no Question
Derivative terms: Interrogate, Question, Question

2. Adjective. Relating to verbs in the so-called interrogative mood. "Not all questions have an interrogative construction"
Category relationships: Grammar
Partainyms: Interrogative Mood

3. Noun. Some linguists consider interrogative sentences to constitute a mood.
Exact synonyms: Interrogative Mood
Generic synonyms: Modality, Mode, Mood

4. Adjective. Relating to the use of or having the nature of an interrogation.
Exact synonyms: Interrogatory
Antonyms: Declarative, Declaratory
Derivative terms: Interrogate, Interrogate

Definition of Interrogative

1. a. Denoting a question; expressed in the form of a question; as, an interrogative sentence; an interrogative pronoun.

2. n. A word used in asking questions; as, who? which? why?

Definition of Interrogative

1. Adjective. Asking or denoting a question; pertaining to inquiry; questioning: as, an interrogative phrase, pronoun, or point; an interrogative look or tone of voice. ¹

2. Noun. (grammar) A word (pronoun, pronominal adjective, or adverb) implying interrogation, or used for asking a question: ''why, who, when,'' etc. ¹

3. Noun. (rare) A question; an interrogation. ¹

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Definition of Interrogative

1. [n -S]

Lexicographical Neighbors of Interrogative

interrogation mark
interrogation marks
interrogation point
interrogation points
interrogative (current term)
interrogative adjective
interrogative adjectives
interrogative mood
interrogative pronoun
interrogative pronouns
interrogative sentence

Literary usage of Interrogative

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. A Practical Introduction to Latin Prose Composition by Thomas Kerchever Arnold (1908)
"interrogative SENTENCES—Continued. II. Dependent or Indirect. 163. The dependent question is a subordinate clause introduced by an interrogative word ..."

2. A Greek Grammar, for Schools and Colleges by James Hadley (1881)
"The question expressed by an interrogative sentence may relate, ... Strictly speaking, the indefinite relatives have no interrogative force : they are ..."

3. Native Writings in Massachusett by Ives Goddard, Kathleen Joan Bragdon (1988)
"interrogative The interrogative mode Is marked by a suffix |-us| following the central endings. It seems to be attested only in questions, and Eliot gives ..."

4. Grammar of the Greek Language, for the Use of High Schools and Colleges by Raphael Kühner, Bela Bates Edwards (1844)
"interrogative SENTENCES. [§ 344. REMARK 1. Often, however, the indirect question takes the character of the direct, und then the direct interrogative ..."

5. Gesenius Hebrew grammar by Wilhelm Gesenius, Emil Roediger (1851)
"interrogative sentences are sometimes, though rarely, distinguished as such ... Even the few interrogative particles originally expressed either affirmation ..."

6. A Comparative Grammar of the Dravidian Or South-Indian Family of Languages by Robert Caldwell (1875)
"interrogative Bases.—There are two classes of interrogatives in the Dravidian ... interrogative pronouns and adjectives resolve themselves in the Dravidian ..."

7. Allen and Greenough's New Latin Grammar for Schools and Colleges: Founded on by Joseph Henry Allen, James Bradstreet Greenough (1903)
"The Substantive interrogative Pronoun quis, who? quid, what? is declined in the Singular as follows: ... Quisnam, pray, who ? is an emphatic interrogative. ..."

8. Elements of Hebrew Syntax by an Inductive Method by William Rainey Harper (1888)
"A sentence is sometimes found to be interrogative, though lacking an interrogative particle. In such cases the arrangement of the words, ..."

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