counterquestion

noun
coun·​ter·​ques·​tion | \ ˈkau̇n-tər-ˌkwes-chən How to pronounce counterquestion (audio) , -kwesh- \
variants: or counter-question
plural counterquestions or counter-questions

Definition of counterquestion

: 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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“Counterquestion.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/counterquestion. Accessed 18 Sep. 2020.

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