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Does a scientific classification exist for distinguishing between different types of answers? For example, one answer might be complete, leaving no further questions; a second could provide only a partial answer; a third may provide an answer which has no relevance to the question; then a fourth may answer the question completely or partially, but lead to additional questions. I am seeking terminology with precise definitions instead of the plethora of adjectives I could utilize that would be open to interpretation.

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  • You just provided as much as probably exists. The problem with such classification is that it assumes other information; never forget the unknown unknowns. – Xanne Jun 17 '17 at 19:58
  • What you're asking for is A Taxonomy of Answers. In an alternative universe, Aristotle may have provided one. :-) – Robin Hamilton Jun 17 '17 at 21:38
  • Surely any partial answer leaves additional questions (if only 'What is a better answer?') – Edwin Ashworth Jun 17 '17 at 22:21
  • @EdwinAshworth - Or “Where’s the rest of it?” – Jim Jun 17 '17 at 23:46
  • The word "definitive" comes to mind... as does "alternatives" and "expansive" . This questions does not have a definitive answer nor does it have clear alternative answers, so perhaps it would require a more expansive answer delving into the field of rhetoric and the nature of questions themselves? – Tom22 Jun 18 '17 at 0:30