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rhetorical questionnoun [C]

uk   us  
a ​question, ​asked in ​order to make a ​statement, that does not ​expect an ​answer: "Why do these things always ​happen to me?" is a ​rhetoricalquestion.
(Definition of rhetorical question from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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rhetorical questionnoun [C]

 us   /rɪˈtɔr·ɪ·kəl ˈkwes·tʃən, -ˈtɑr-/
a ​statement made in the ​form of a question with no ​expectation of an ​answer
(Definition of rhetorical question from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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