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open question

An issue that cannot be readily resolved or decided. Whether veganism is good for your health is an open question—you'll get a different take depending on who you talk to.
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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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an open ˈquestion

(also open to ˈquestion) a matter that cannot be decided easily or that people hold several different views on: Whether private schools give children a better education is open to question.It’s an open question whether meat is bad for you.
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open question, an

An issue that has not been finally settled or determined. The adjective open has been so used since the early nineteenth century. The term acquired a specific meaning in the British Parliament: on open questions members may vote as they wish, independent of party. David Masson used it figuratively, as it often is today: “The summary decision of what had hitherto been an open question in the Church” (The Life of John Milton, 1859).
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Earlier this year, George said during a forum at the Union League Club that the diaconate was a more open question than the priesthood for women, the newspaper reported.
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.
What legal texts may eventually require amendment is an open question that must be explored, while remaining aware of the different procedures that would be required to amend the various legal instruments,' he said, referring to the fact that any changes would force a referendum in Ireland, which rejected the Lisbon Treaty in a 2008 vote.
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.
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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.
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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.