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Definition of 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

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Recent Examples on the Web Trivia time The previous question: How many San Franciscans died in the 1918 flu pandemic? Gary Kamiya,, "He would have been a pandemic hero in early California, if only his tale were true," 1 May 2020 These are the most popular previous questions asked about the moon. Washington Post, "Hints From Heloise: The background on hoarding," 4 Feb. 2020 But like the debate’s planners, Booker opted not to use his full time on climate change, shortening his response to go back to a previous question about foreign policy. Nick Martin, The New Republic, "It’s Not That Hard to Have a Substantive Exchange About Global Warming," 13 Sep. 2019 The other position battle was addressed in the previous question. Michelle Gardner, azcentral, "ASU football Q&A: Discussing Jayden Daniels, offensive line shuffling, Joey Yellen's future," 26 Aug. 2019 The revelation punctuated previous questions of plagiarism that shadowed Biden and led ultimately to his early drop from the 1988 race. Thomas Beaumont, Fortune, "Iowa State Fair: Where U.S. Politics and Fried Oreos Intersect," 8 Aug. 2019 However, the situation became even more heated when Corman motioned to return to the previous question. Tara Law, Time, "Pennsylvania Senate Session Descends Into Screaming Match Over Poverty Assistance Program," 29 June 2019 The latest revelation follows a string of previous questions about her childhood. Lukas Mikelionis, Fox News, "Senate Dem hopeful Kyrsten Sinema challenged over details of homeless upbringing," 25 Sep. 2018 The reporter had argued that CNN deserved to get a question because the president had criticized the network in response to a previous question from NBC News Kristen Welker reporter. Jeremy Barr, The Hollywood Reporter, "Trump in U.K.: "I Don't Take Questions From CNN"," 13 July 2018

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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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