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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In 2003, Roberts filled out and mailed a 75-page questionnaire to have his case reviewed. Sandra E. Garcia, The Seattle Times, "DNA evidence exonerates a man of murder after 20 years in prison," 16 Oct. 2018 In a questionnaire in a baseball yearbook from his junior year, some of his answers displayed a somewhat dark outlook. Sara Randazzo, WSJ, "California Bar Shooter Had Domestic-Disturbance History After Serving in Afghanistan," 8 Nov. 2018 The sample questionnaire asked fewer and more detailed questions, which the bureau found improved response rates and data over the years. NBC News, "Trump wants to ask about citizenship on the census. Here's why the U.S. stopped in 1960.," 17 Apr. 2018 The questionnaire is designed with 120 variables including bathtub installation, additional shelving, and whether a wall needs to come down. Sara Rodrigues, House Beautiful, "This Renovation Start-Up Wants To Deliver Your New Bathroom To You," 17 Dec. 2018 Hand creams were scored based on a combination of the Corneometer results and responses from the consumer questionnaires. Blake Bakkila, Good Housekeeping, "The 8 Best Hand Creams to Moisturize Dry, Cracked Hands ASAP," 6 Dec. 2018 This group is being contacted both by telephone and mail, giving voters the option of answering the questionnaire by phone or online. Aaron Zitner, WSJ, "Poll Uses Novel Method to Learn Who Voted and Why," 6 Nov. 2018 The questionnaire contained lists of candidates in various categories (Cities, Hotels, etc.). Condé Nast Traveler, "Readers' Choice Awards - Methodology," 9 Oct. 2018 Physical therapists do our best to quantify pain, with numerical scales and questionnaires about how much pain affects function, such as the popular 0-10 pain scale. SELF, "How to Know When It’s Safe to Run Through Knee Pain and When You Need to Stop," 7 Dec. 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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The first known use of questionnaire was in 1890

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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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