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open question

An unresolved issue, one that has not been finally determined. For example, Whether the town should pave all the unpaved roads remains an open question. In the mid-1800s this term acquired a specific meaning in the British Parliament, that is, "an issue on which members may vote independently, without respect to their party affiliation."
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In a speech at London's City University, Mr Grieve, 55, said: "It is still an open question whether something said in Parliament in breach of a court order may be repeated in the Press.
Mr Miliband took the jibe in good humour, telling Mr Hague: "Quite whether that is good for my prospects or not is a rather open question.
The Open Question Argument is alleged to show that if moral realism is true, then each moral property must be identical with some non-natural property and that each moral term like "good" does not have some natural property as its content.
REAL MADRID midfielder Rafael van der Vaart has refuted reports linking him with Chelsea, insisting his future remains an open question.
The Border Service will not merge with the Defense Ministry and will remain a separate agency, said press service of the Kyrgyz Border Service commenting on media reports citing Border Service Chair Zamir Moldoshev who said during session of the parliamentary faction of the Social Democratic Party of Kyrgyzstan on January 21 that merger of the Border Service with the Defense Ministry is an open question.
Whether it's an accurate harbinger of things to come remains an open question.
And after a year of meetings, site visits, field hearings and public comment, it is still an open question.
Whether robotic fighting vehicles might someday participate in combat is an open question, he adds.
Whether there are photosensitizing foods is an open question," she says.
An open question is whether one can consistently estimate the probability density function of escape times for an ensemble of realizations even though we cannot, in general, determine the escape time for all realizations in the ensemble.
Why the bishops have allowed this to happen is an open question.
At the end of the meeting there will be an open question and answer session.
Since Jesus left no instructions on papal term limits, it's an open question to be answered by the church, perhaps differently for the future than in the past.
Whether they'll get it from Stars & Stapes is unfortunately an open question.
Just how much of the mastery was due to a self-conscious adaptation of rhetorical principles as laid out in treatises on the subject remains an open question, and Leroux's assertion that Luther was "thoroughly trained" in the art of rhetoric goes too far (1).