interrogative


1in·ter·rog·a·tive

adjective \ˌin-tə-ˈrä-gə-tiv\

grammar : having the form of a question rather than a statement or command

: used to ask a question

: asking a question : having the form or force of a question

Full Definition of INTERROGATIVE

1
a :  used in a question
b :  having the form or force of a question
2
in·ter·rog·a·tive·ly adverb

Examples of INTERROGATIVE

  1. Did you go to school today? is an interrogative sentence.
  2. an interrogative pronoun such as who
  3. She had an interrogative expression on her face.
  4. an interrogative tone of voice

First Known Use of INTERROGATIVE

15th century

2interrogative

noun

grammar : a word (such as who, what, or which ) that is used in asking a question

Full Definition of INTERROGATIVE

1
:  a word (as who, what, which) or a particle (as Latin -ne) used in asking questions
2
:  question 1a

Examples of INTERROGATIVE

  1. <though she phrased it as an interrogative, it was clear that the utterance was more of a command>

First Known Use of INTERROGATIVE

1522

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