previous question


: a parliamentary motion to put the pending question to an immediate vote without further debate or amendment that if defeated has the effect of permitting resumption of debate

Examples of previous question in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Readers Respond The previous question was from a reader who was worried about an unpaid bill. Kwame Anthony Appiah, New York Times, 16 Feb. 2024 Kelce then elaborated on a previous question about what it's been like managing the extra media attention that comes with dating the 14-time Grammy winner. Becca Longmire, Peoplemag, 10 Feb. 2024 Bring your answers to the previous questions with you. Cameron Sullivan, The Mercury News, 1 Feb. 2024 Readers Respond The previous question was from a reader who was concerned about the moral fallout of her father-in-law’s drinking. Kwame Anthony Appiah, New York Times, 12 Jan. 2024 In the new investigation, the Republican reiterated previous questions that had gone unanswered in his original inquiry to private equity firm Apollo Global Management, which owns LifePoint Health, the parent company of the Ottumwa hospital. Brittany Trang, STAT, 7 Dec. 2023 The platform remembers the previous question and will surface more information about Buffett and different articles. Emilia David, The Verge, 26 Oct. 2023 Neither Thomas nor the court’s public information office has responded to previous questions about Crow’s spending. John Wagner, Anchorage Daily News, 4 May 2023 Now, this feeds into the previous question. Dallas News, 24 May 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

circa 1715, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of previous question was circa 1715

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“Previous question.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Feb. 2024.

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