percontation

noun
per·​con·​ta·​tion | \ ˌpərˌkän‧ˈtāshən \
plural -s

Definition of percontation

archaic
: an act or process of questioning : inquiry

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History and Etymology for percontation

Latin percontation-, percontatio, from percontatus (past participle of percontari to inquire, literally, to sound with a punting pole, from per through, by means of, + contus pole, punting pole, from Greek kontos) + -ion-, -io -ion; akin to Greek kentein to prick

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“Percontation.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/percontation. Accessed 20 Sep. 2021.

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