Definitions for rhetorical question

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  1. rhetorical question(noun)

    a statement that is formulated as a question but that is not supposed to be answered

    "he liked to make his points with rhetorical questions"

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  1. rhetorical question(Noun)

    A question posed only for dramatic or persuasive effect.

  2. rhetorical question(Noun)

    A question to which the asker does not expect an answer.

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  1. Rhetorical question

    A rhetorical question is a figure of speech in the form of a question that is asked in order to make a point. The question is used as a rhetorical device, posed for the sake of encouraging its listener to consider a message or viewpoint. Though these are technically questions, they do not always require a question mark. For example, the question "Can't you do anything right?" is asked not to gain information about the ability of the person being spoken to, but rather to insinuate that the person always fails. While sometimes amusing and even humorous, rhetorical questions are rarely meant for pure, comedic effect. A carefully crafted question can, if delivered well, persuade an audience to believe in the position of the speaker. In simple terms, it is a question asked more to produce an effect than to summon an answer.

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