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 for To beg the question
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Question \Ques"tion\, n. [F., fr. L. quaestio, fr. quaerere,
     quaesitum, to seek for, ask, inquire. See Quest, n.]
     1. The act of asking; interrogation; inquiry; as, to examine
        by question and answer.
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     2. Discussion; debate; hence, objection; dispute; doubt; as,
        the story is true beyond question; he obeyed without
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              There arose a question between some of John's
              disciples and the Jews about purifying. -- John iii.
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              It is to be to question, whether it be lawful for
              Christian princes to make an invasive war simply for
              the propagation of the faith.         -- Bacon.
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     3. Examination with reference to a decisive result;
        investigation; specifically, a judicial or official
        investigation; also, examination under torture.
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              He that was in question for the robbery. Shak.
              The Scottish privy council had power to put state
              prisoners to the question.            --Macaulay.
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     4. That which is asked; inquiry; interrogatory; query.
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              But this question asked
              Puts me in doubt. Lives there who loves his pain ?
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     5. Hence, a subject of investigation, examination, or debate;
        theme of inquiry; matter to be inquired into; as, a
        delicate or doubtful question.
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     6. Talk; conversation; speech; speech. [Obs.] --Shak.
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     In question, in debate; in the course of examination or
        discussion; as, the matter or point in question.
     Leading question. See under Leading.
     Out of question, unquestionably. "Out of question, 't is
        Maria's hand." --Shak.
     Out of the question. See under Out.
     Past question, beyond question; certainly; undoubtedly;
     Previous question, a question put to a parliamentary
        assembly upon the motion of a member, in order to
        ascertain whether it is the will of the body to vote at
        once, without further debate, on the subject under
     Note: The form of the question is: "Shall the main question
           be now put?" If the vote is in the affirmative, the
           matter before the body must be voted upon as it then
           stands, without further general debate or the
           submission of new amendments. In the House of
           Representatives of the United States, and generally in
           America, a negative decision operates to keep the
           business before the body as if the motion had not been
           made; but in the English Parliament, it operates to
           postpone consideration for the day, and until the
           subject may be again introduced. In American practice,
           the object of the motion is to hasten action, and it is
           made by a friend of the measure. In English practice,
           the object is to get rid of the subject for the time
           being, and the motion is made with a purpose of voting
           against it. --Cushing.
     To beg the question. See under Beg.
     To the question, to the point in dispute; to the real
        matter under debate.
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     Syn: Point; topic; subject.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Beg \Beg\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Begged; p. pr. & vb. n.
     Begging.] [OE. beggen, perh. fr. AS. bedecian (akin to
     Goth. bedagwa beggar), biddan to ask. (Cf. Bid, v. t.); or
     cf. beghard, beguin.]
     1. To ask earnestly for; to entreat or supplicate for; to
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              I do beg your good will in this case. --Shak.
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              [Joseph] begged the body of Jesus.    --Matt. xxvii.
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     Note: Sometimes implying deferential and respectful, rather
           than earnest, asking; as, I beg your pardon; I beg
           leave to disagree with you.
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     2. To ask for as a charity, esp. to ask for habitually or
        from house to house.
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              Yet have I not seen the righteous forsaken, nor his
              seed begging bread.                   --Ps. xxxvii.
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     3. To make petition to; to entreat; as, to beg a person to
        grant a favor.
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     4. To take for granted; to assume without proof.
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     5. (Old Law) To ask to be appointed guardiln for, or to aso
        to havo a guardian appointed for.
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              Else some will beg thee, in the court of wards.
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     To beg (one) for a fool, to take him for a fool.
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     I beg to, is an elliptical expression for I beg leave to;
        as, I beg to inform you.
     To beg the question, to assume that which was to be proved
        in a discussion, instead of adducing the proof or
        sustaining the point by argument.
     To go a-begging, a figurative phrase to express the absence
        of demand for something which elsewhere brings a price;
        as, grapes are so plentiful there that they go a-begging.
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     Syn: To Beg, Ask, Request.
     Usage: To ask (not in the sense of inquiring) is the generic
            term which embraces all these words. To request is
            only a polite mode of asking. To beg, in its original
            sense, was to ask with earnestness, and implied
            submission, or at least deference. At present,
            however, in polite life, beg has dropped its original
            meaning, and has taken the place of both ask and
            request, on the ground of its expressing more of
            deference and respect. Thus, we beg a person's
            acceptance of a present; we beg him to favor us with
            his company; a tradesman begs to announce the arrival
            of new goods, etc. Crabb remarks that, according to
            present usage, "we can never talk of asking a person's
            acceptance of a thing, or of asking him to do us a
            favor." This can be more truly said of usage in
            England than in America.
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