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What is subquestion? How should it be defined?

Questions can have subquestions. For instance, the question "Was Peter the Great an emperor of Russia?" is a subquestion of "Who were the emperors of Russia?", which is itself a subquestion of a broader question "Who were the rulers of Russia?". But what makes some question a subquestion of another question?

In the scientonomic context, this term was first used by Paul Patton and Cyrus Al-Zayadi in 2021. The term is currently accepted by Scientonomy community.

Scientonomic History

Acceptance Record

Here is the complete acceptance record of this term (it includes all the instances when the term was accepted as a part of a community's taxonomy):
CommunityAccepted FromAcceptance IndicatorsStill AcceptedAccepted UntilRejection Indicators
Scientonomy1 August 2021This is when Patton and Al-Zayadi's Disciplines in the Scientonomic Ontology hat offered a definition of the term was published. This is a good indication that the question of how the term is to be defined is considered legitimate by the community.Yes

All Theories

The following definitions of the term have been suggested:
TheoryFormulationFormulated In
Subquestion (Patton-Al-Zayadi-2021)A question Q is a subquestion of another question Q’, iff any direct answer to Q is also a partial answer to Q’.2021
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Accepted Theories

According to our records, no definition of the term has ever been accepted.

Suggested Modifications

Here is a list of modifications concerning this term:
Modification Community Date Suggested Summary Verdict Verdict Rationale Date Assessed
Sciento-2021-0006 Scientonomy 1 August 2021 Accept new definitions of subquestion, core question, core theory, discipline, delineating theory, subdiscipline, and discipline acceptance. Open

Current Definition

There is currently no accepted answer to this question.



There is currently no accepted view concerning the existence of subquestions.


No classes are currently accepted as being disjoint with this class.


No classes are currently accepted as subtypes of a subquestion.


No classes are currently accepted as supertypes of a subquestion.


No associations of a subquestion are currently accepted.

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