Definition of in question in English:

in question


  • 1Being considered or discussed.

    ‘on the day in question, there were several serious emergencies’
    • ‘The land in question enjoys a prime location on one of the town's major access routes.’
    • ‘Having seen the picture in question, it would certainly seem as though the shape is that of a skull.’
    • ‘The policy in question is less than a year old and this is the first election for which it has been in place.’
    • ‘I would think that the woman in question has severe emotional issues that should be dealt with.’
    • ‘The Defendant has made considerable efforts to identify the individuals in question.’
    • ‘There is no doubt that many of the compounds in question were inactive; others less so.’
    • ‘Furthermore it's equally hard to believe that the song in question is that old.’
    • ‘If it has evidence of an infringement, it has to issue a reasoned opinion to the state in question.’
    • ‘You could phone the person in question and explain your worries and fears.’
    • ‘It seems to me that part of the dilemma you are discussing herein is not a function of the art in question per se.’
    at issue, being discussed, under discussion, under consideration, on the agenda, for debate, to be discussed, to be decided
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  • 2In doubt.

    ‘all of the old certainties are in question’
    • ‘In the past we did not take sufficient action quick enough for those whose performance was in question.’
    • ‘His good faith may not be in question, but his credibility most certainly is.’
    • ‘Then his positioning was in question as sub Andy Sullivan scored Whyteleafe's third.’
    • ‘That was no doubt the case of the minister whose expenses were in question in the case of Jardine v Gillespie.’
    • ‘When someone's life is in question, we have to be able to make a clear and conscious decision as to their guilt.’
    • ‘Their patriotism, more in evidence then than it is today, was not in question.’
    • ‘Our report made clear why it was felt that the future of up to eight of the 24 churches in the area was in question.’