One hypernym for teacher and student is person. Vehicle is a hypernym of car and lorry....

Is there a hypernym for query and report?

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    An interchange.? – WS2 Jun 28 '15 at 9:41
  • Information? : 1) knowledge communicated or received concerning a particular fact or circumstance. – user66974 Jun 28 '15 at 10:11
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    I'm wondering what might be the reason for such word problems. I see no practical use for it. Are those questions from a test book or something similar? – rogermue Jun 28 '15 at 15:24
  • A query is often verbal, whereas a report is usually printed. You need to narrow down senses. – Edwin Ashworth Jun 28 '15 at 22:04
  • @rogermue this is quite common in software design where you abstract the shared stuff into parent class. – user2001850 Jun 29 '15 at 7:54

Both the query and the report are examples of communication.


As suggested above, communication fits as a parent word, but more appropriately as a grandparent. To move into a taxonomic metaphor (and supposing we're talking about written communication only (thanks Avon for pointing this out)), if report and query are considered species, document would be their genus (parent word) within the family of communication. But one could claim that there are as many varieties of documents as there are of communication. Perhaps, but in this context document is the more specific term because it represents the formal, written type of communication of queries and reports, whereas communication doesn't necessarily happen only in written form.

  • Queries and reports can be verbal. – Avon Jun 28 '15 at 22:07

Queries and reports are rather distinct entities, so it will probably be more helpful to search for a hypernym for each term separately.

An account or a statement might be acceptable hypernyms for 'report', as 'report' might be defined:

a spoken or written account, especially in the form of an official document, of a particular matter that one has investigated or otherwise observed

'Query' can be defined as:

a question, especially one addressed to an official or other authoritative entity

With that in mind, perhaps a decent hypernym for 'query' would simply be question.

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