1. A written question (usually in a set of questions) submitted to an opposing party in a lawsuit as part of discovery. See Fed. R. Civ. P. 33. 
1. Written questions put by one party to another, or , in limited situations, to a witness in advance of trial. Interrogatories are a form of discovery and are governed by her rules of civil procedure.
Compare deposition. 
1. Questions addressed to a person, especially a witness. Questions propounded in writing or orally in obtaining a deposition. 23 Am J2nd Dep § 1.
Questions propounded in obtaining a discovery. Questions submitted in writing by the plaintiff for answer by a garnishee, constituting, in effect, a form of discovery of assets of the defendant in the hands of the garnishee. 6 Am J2d Attach § 346.
Questions submitted by one party to another in a case in admiralty by way of obtaining a discovery. 2 Am J2d Adm § 140.
Questions submitted to the jury upon request for special verdict or special findings. 53 Am J1st Trial §§ 1063 et seq.
Preliminary questions, propounded to a person called as a witness, for the purpose of determining his capacity, particularly in reference to a witness who is obviously a minor or mentally deficient. Den v Vancleve, 5 NJL 695, 795. 
Types of Interrogatories:
1. Scots law. One of a series of questions devised and modified by the parties, or, if they cannot agree on them, by the court, to be posed to witnesses examined on commission. * Adjusted interrogatories are often necessary in commissions to take evidence at distant locations.
1. An interrogatory designed to discover the factual basis of the allegations in a complaint, answer, or counterclaim, or to determine the theory of the opposing party’s case.
1. An interrogatory from a party who has received a set of interrogatories. 
1. Interrogatories propounded in the cross-examination of a deponent. 
1. A request for the responding party to identify relevant documents, tangible objects, or individuals who have knowledge of facts relating to the lawsuit. — aka fact interrogatory; state-all-facts interrogatory.
special interrogatory – interrogatories directed to the jury upon a request for a special verdict or special findings. 
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: Ballantine’s Law Dictionary with Pronunciations
Third Edition by James A. Ballantine (James Arthur 1871-1949). Edited by William S. Anderson. © 1969 by THE LAWYER’S CO-OPERATIVE PUBLISHING COMPANY. Library of Congress Catalog Card No. 68-30931
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