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"Why" is an interrogative word.
  describing words or other communication as a question
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interrogative interrogatives interrogatively
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  • "Why" is an interrogative word.
  • an interrogative inflection
  • The interrogative title of the painting is, "What is Art?"
  • not all questions have an interrogative construction

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  • I replied by a look and an interrogative "Monsieur?"
    Charlotte Bronte  --  The Professor
  • But who does not see that in a disbelieved or doubted or interrogative or conditional proposition, the ideas are combined in the same identical way in which they are in a proposition which is solidly believed.
    William James
  • Stanley lifted his forearm off the rock and held up an interrogative finger.
    William Golding  --  Lord of the Flies
  • Hippolyte said interrogatively, again laughing, and then calmly and seriously sat back in his chair.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  War and Peace
  • So to make sure, I said interrogatively, "Count Dracula?"
    Bram Stoker  --  Dracula
  • The old man’s interrogative eye said, "What?"
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Count of Monte Cristo

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  • Linton will be sorry?’ observed Kenneth, interrogatively.
    Emily Bronte  --  Wuthering Heights
  • Snatching the boat-knife from its sheath, he suspended its sharp edge over the line, and turning towards Stubb, exclaimed interrogatively, "Cut?"
    Herman Melville  --  Moby Dick
  • He stood with his head on one side and himself on one side, in a Bullying, interrogative manner, and he threw his forefinger at Mr. Wopsle,—as it were to mark him out—before biting it again.
    Charles Dickens  --  Great Expectations
  • The fruits seemed a convenient thing to begin upon, and holding one of these up I began a series of interrogative sounds and gestures.
    H.G. Wells  --  The Time Machine
  • It gave off the oddly interrogative squeak that told him it was the closet where she kept her outdoors stuff.
    Stephen King  --  Misery
  • The old woman pointed upwards interrogatively and, on my aunt’s nodding, proceeded to toil up the narrow staircase before us, her bowed head being scarcely above the level of the banister-rail.
    James Joyce  --  Dubliners
  • ’With cream,’ answered Arkady; and after a brief silence, he uttered interrogatively, ’Daddy?’
    Ivan Turgenev  --  Fathers and Sons
  • ’Yes, sir?’ returned Mrs. Sparsit, interrogatively, and in the most tranquil manner possible.
    Charles Dickens  --  Hard Times
  • I perceived the pause was interrogative.
    H.G. Wells  --  The Island of Dr. Moreau
  • She led me, not to the stiff chair set up, interrogative style, in front of her desk, but to the plush crimson cushion of her window seat.
    Julia Alvarez  --  In the Time of the Butterflies
  • She returned his look interrogatively.
    Edith Wharton  --  The House of Mirth
  • With Florence gone, his stammering time, his playing time, contracted with a bound to the sparest interrogative second, when he must stiffen himself, and answer to his mother, and all the host of Heaven, yes or no.
    James Baldwin  --  Go Tell It on the Mountain
  • With this the two young men took their departure; after which Catherine, with her blush still lingering, directed a serious and interrogative eye to Mrs. Penniman.
    Henry James  --  Washington Square
  • It was neither provocative nor flirtatious, simply interrogative.
    Milan Kundera  --  The Unbearable Lightness of Being
  • Commands and interrogatives squawked in his ears.
    Dan Simmons  --  Hyperion
  • Mr. Mason was quite alive now, interrogative, dynamic, and a bit dictatorial in his manner, even to his old friend.
    Theodore Dreiser  --  An American Tragedy
  • Poor Lord Warburton stared, an interrogative point in either eye.
    Henry James  --  The Portrait of a Lady - Volumes 1 & 2
  • These interrogatives were addressed to the footman who had come in to say that the keeper had found one of Dagley’s boys with a leveret in his hand just killed.
    George Eliot  --  Middlemarch
  • This utterance, the full significance of which it was not at all likely that Billy took in, nevertheless caused him to turn a wistful interrogative look toward the speaker, a look in its dumb expressiveness not unlike that which a dog of generous breed might turn upon his master seeking in his face some elucidation of a previous gesture ambiguous to the canine intelligence.
    Herman Melville  --  Billy Budd
  • Then I heard my name whispered, in the interrogative.
    Roger Zelazny  --  Nine Princes in Amber
  • Poor Lord Warburton stared, an interrogative point in either eye.
    Henry James  --  The Portrait of a Lady - Volume 1
  • Stoddard urged, half interrogatively.
    Grace MacGowan Cooke  --  The Power and the Glory
  • The patient repeated the word "war" interrogatively.
    Virginia Woolf  --  Mrs. Dalloway
  • "Yes?" queried Helen, interrogatively.
    Zane Grey  --  The Man of the Forest
  • "In Iceland?" said I, not positively but interrogatively.
    Jules Verne  --  A Journey to the Center of the Earth
  • At first his eyes were drawn to the first interrogative: WHAT’S THAT MOLE JUST ABOVE HER PUBIC HAIR LOOK LIKE TO YOU?
    Stephen King  --  Cujo
  • His voice, always very mild and interrogative, gradually became as soft and as tenderly argumentative as if he had been talking to a much-loved child.
    Henry James  --  The American
  • Roused at length by the silence, she folded the arms, and with admirable presence of mind looked her friend full in the face, and said interrogatively, ’Ye-es?
    Charles Dickens  --  Little Dorrit
  • The most recent first…. and then those which preceded it…… " He looked interrogatively at Harry, and Harry nodded.
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
  • Interrogative cough.
    H.G. Wells  --  The Invisible Man
  • The language of Vaine-Glory, of Indignation, Pitty and Revengefulness, Optative: but of the Desire to know, there is a peculiar expression called Interrogative; as, What Is It, When Shall It, How Is It Done, and Why So?
    Thomas Hobbes  --  Leviathan
  • And so, instead of saying Ashoke’s name, she utters the interrogative that has come to replace it, which translates roughly as "Are you listening to me?
    Jhumpa Lahiri  --  The Namesake
  • "He loved her very much," he said interrogatively, and I only nodded, feeling so bitterly disappointed that I would not trust myself to speak.
    Joseph Conrad  --  Lord Jim
  • "[12] This is the history of such slang phrases, often interrogative, as "How’d you like to be the ice-man?"
    Henry L. Mencken  --  The American Language
  • "That which doubtless brought you, Rabbi—the decree of the Caesar"—the keeper threw an interrogative glance at the Nazarene, then continued—"brought most of those who have lodging in the house.
    Lew Wallace  --  Ben Hur
  • He glanced up interrogatively at the porch of the Benedick.
    Edith Wharton  --  The House of Mirth
  • "No?" agreed Stoddard with an interrogative note in his voice.
    Grace MacGowan Cooke  --  The Power and the Glory
  • Pierre looked at Timokhin with the condescendingly interrogative smile with which everybody involuntarily addressed that officer.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  War and Peace
  • The security people wanted to take you up to the ship and put you on full interrogative interface.
    Dan Simmons  --  Hyperion
  • Full interrogative meant cortical shunts and sockets in the skull.
    Dan Simmons  --  Hyperion
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Associated words [difficulty]:   interrogative [7] , interrogate [1] , interrogatory [9] , declarative [7]
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