having or conveying the force of a question:
a hard, interrogative stare.
used in questions:
an interrogative adverb. Contrasted with affirmative and negative.
a word used in questions, such as how or what.
a construction that has the force of a question.
In GRAMMAR, the structure through which questions are asked, and a term used in the classification of sentence types, in contrast with declarative
, etc. It is often used interchangeably with QUESTION
, but some grammarians keep interrogative as a category of form and question as a category of meaning, while others do the reverse. The sentence Can I borrow your pen?
is interrogative in form, but is a directive in meaning, requesting the listener to lend the pen.