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Definitions of interrogatory

  1. Written questions designed to discover key facts about an opposing party's case, that a party to a lawsuit asks an opposing party (but not a witness, who can only be questioned in person at a deposition). Interrogatories are part of the pretrial discovery stage of a lawsuit, and must be answered under penalty of perjury. Court rules tightly regulate how, when and how many interrogatories can be asked. Lawyers can write their own sets of questions, or can use form interrogatories, designed to cover typical issues in common lawsuits.
  2. A question or inquiry. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  3. A question. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  4. A question or inquiry formally put to a witness. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  5. Containing or expressing a question. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  6. Pertaining to a question. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.

Usage examples for interrogatory

  1. " I haven't seen Caroline," Billy said, as if that disposed of all the interrogatory remarks that might be addressed to him in the present or the future. – Outside Inn by Ethel M. Kelley
  2. The priest looked at the landlord with a frankly interrogatory smile. – Flamsted quarries by Mary E. Waller
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