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QUESTION, punishment, crim. law. A means sometimes employed, in some countries, by means of torture, to compel supposed great criminals to disclose their accomplices, or to acknowledge their crimes.
     2. This torture is called question, because, as the unfortunate person accused is made to suffer pain, he is asked questions as to his supposed crime or accomplices. The same as torture. This is unknown in the United States. See Poth. Procedure Criminelle, sect. 5, art. 2, Sec. 3.

QUESTION, evidence. An interrogation put to a witness, requesting him to declare the truth of certain facts as far as he knows them.
     2. Questions are either general or leading. By a general question is meant such an one as requires the witness to state all be knows without any suggestion being made to him, as who gave the blow?
     3. A leading question is one which leads the mind of the witness to the answer, or suggests it to him, as did A B give the blow ?
     4. The Romans called a question by which the fact or supposed fact which the interrogator expected, or wished to find asserted, in and by the answer made to the proposed respondent, a suggestive interrogation, as, is not your name A B? Vide Leading Question.

QUESTION, practice. A point on which the parties are not agreed, and which is submitted to the decision of a judge and jury.
     2. When the doubt or difference arises as to what the law is on a certain state of facts, this is said to be a legal question, and when the party demurs, this is to be decided by the court; when it arises as to the truth or falsehood of facts, this is a question of fact, and is to be decided by the jury.

A Law Dictionary, Adapted to the Constitution and Laws of the United States. By John Bouvier. Published 1856.
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The questionableness of shared presuppositions rather than their very existence may escape notice.
Has Fish not done us a service by drawing our attention to the questionableness of our unexamined assumptions?
The defensive critique, however, could only uphold itself and its freedom by permanently turning revealed religion into ridicule, thereby concealing its own questionableness. (42) In the final analysis, there is at "the basis of unbelieving science" a moral motive that is no more or no less problematic than that of revealed religion, Strauss concludes.
In opposition to this motivation, Socrates' sophrosune stands in defense of politics by showing that one thing true politics shares with the philosophic quest is awareness of the enduring questionableness of human wholeness.
The political critique that confronts philosophy with its own questionableness causes a reversal of the original, first, and dearest direction of inquiry.