I want to use the QUESTION EQUAL TO character and the command for it is \questeq. I know that the "category" it is in is mathrel.

  • From here: tex.stackexchange.com/a/205131/120578 you can define it using the command \def\questeq{\ensuremath{\stackrel{?}{=}}}
    – koleygr
    Feb 25, 2018 at 1:36
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    @koleygr Why\def and \ensuremath?
    – egreg
    Feb 25, 2018 at 6:12
  • @egreg, I can't understand your question. Do you mean why combining \def and \ensuremath? Or why using each one? In first case I don't know the reason to don't do it. In second case: For \def no answer. For \ensuremath to be able to use it in math mode and in text mode.
    – koleygr
    Feb 25, 2018 at 11:18
  • @koleygr \def should be \newcommand and the symbol is for math mode, so \ensuremath is unnecessary (and actually wrong).
    – egreg
    Feb 25, 2018 at 12:33
  • @egreg thanks for the comment... The truth is that I am using \def more times than the necessary (that are real few). For \ensuremath I added that on my edit to make sure it works in text mode because I had not seen this symbol used anywhere until now. (I don't really see the purpose of it's usage... but may be could be useful in very special cases)
    – koleygr
    Feb 25, 2018 at 12:56

1 Answer 1


The packages stix and libertinust1math offer that symbol.

In Lua/XeLaTeX the symbol is additionally available with unicode-math. Check the list of symbols to see which fonts support \questeq.

/usr/local/texlive/2017/texmf-dist/tex/latex $ grep -r '\\questeq'
stix/stix.sty:\stix@MathSymbol{\questeq}                  {\mathrel}{integrals}{"90}
libertinust1math/libertinust1math.sty:\libus@MathSymbol{\questeq}                  {\mathrel}{symbols}{"70}

Otherwise you can build that symbol yourself using the amsmath package. This is not a single symbol though.



$a \overset{?}{=} b$

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    @cfr Okay, maybe my wording was too ambiguous. Of course the traditional font setup also works in Lua/XeLaTeX. Additionally one has the opportunity to use unicode-math with those. I edited my answer accordingly. Feb 25, 2018 at 4:48

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