counterquestion

noun coun·ter·ques·tion \ ˈkau̇n-tər-ˌkwes-chən , -kwesh- \
variants: or counter-question

Definition of counterquestion

plural counterquestions or counter-questions
: a question asked in response to another question
  • … avoid a direct "no" at practically any cost. They may ask a counterquestion, promise an answer at some later date, change the subject and even occasionally leave the room.
  • —John Pfeiffer

First Known Use of counterquestion

1836

in the meaning defined above

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