ques·​tion·​naire | \ˌkwes-chə-ˈner, ˌkwesh-\

Definition of questionnaire 

1 : a set of questions for obtaining statistically useful or personal information from individuals

2 : a written or printed questionnaire often with spaces for answers

3 : a survey made by the use of a questionnaire

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The recipients nominated themselves for the award and completed an online questionnaire. Joshua Stewart,, "Rep. Susan Davis wins award for a worker-friendly office," 13 July 2018 Globally, hundreds of thousands of people have agreed to have their genetic data used anonymously in studies paired with a variety of health information, questionnaires, and cognitive tests. Glenn Fleishman, Fortune, "Studies Identify Key Genes for Intelligence, Depression, ADHD, and Autism," 25 June 2018 To mitigate bias, Weissman proposed that potential jurors answer a questionnaire to determine their exposure to coverage of both cases. Abigail Tracy, The Hive, "Is Mueller’s Team Worried that Trump’s Strategy Is Working?," 22 June 2018 The Toffees hierarchy sent out emails to supporters with a questionnaire attached, which asked how people felt about Allardyce being in charge of the first team., "Sam Allardyce Jokingly Tells Reporter to 'P*ss Off' After Question Over Recent Fan Survey," 19 Apr. 2018 The questionnaire also asks for specific details on how exchanges might suspend trading or delay orders, indicating Schneiderman is particularly concerned with exchanges manipulating the timing of public orders. Shannon Liao, The Verge, "New York’s attorney general is investigating bitcoin exchanges," 17 Apr. 2018 And after the 2000 census, the long form was dropped from the decennial census and converted into the American Community Survey (ACS), a lengthy questionnaire that goes annually to about 3 million households. Jeffrey Mervis, Science | AAAS, "2020 census gets huge budget boost, but addition of citizenship question worries critics," 27 Mar. 2018 Before taking trips, political appointees at the Department of Health and Human Services must fill out a questionnaire to be reviewed by ethics officers. Robert Pear, New York Times, "Ex-Health Secretary Tom Price Wasted $341,000 on Improper Travel, Inquiry Finds," 13 July 2018 Researchers had 447 drivers fill out a questionnaire in Australia for their findings, according to U.S. News and World Reports. Natalie Dreier, ajc, "FOMO has people thinking it is safe to text, drive, study suggests," 11 July 2018

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First Known Use of questionnaire

1890, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for questionnaire

French, from questionner to question, from Middle French, from question, noun

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English Language Learners Definition of questionnaire

: a written set of questions that are given to people in order to collect facts or opinions about something


ques·​tion·​naire | \ˌkwes-chə-ˈner \

Kids Definition of questionnaire

: a set of questions to be asked of a number of people usually in order to gather information or opinions

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