Definitions

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A question which cannot properly be given a one-word answer like “yes” or “no”.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Interrogation; inquiry.

Etymologies

First attested in Henry Cockeram’s 1623 English Dictionarie, first used in 1656; an adaptation of percontatiōn-, the stem of the Latin percontatiō ("questioning”, “inquiry"), from percontor ("I inquire”, “I interrogate"). (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • It was called a percontation point, and it fell into disuse in the following century.

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  • Technically she is called a percontation point - a 'rhetorical question mark' ... an irony mark also called a snark or zing.

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  • A questioning or inquiry, especially one which requires more than a yes or no answer. ...and doesn't them all?

    June 11, 2009

  • A questioning or inquiry, especially one which requires more than a yes or no answer.

    May 12, 2008