The banks have made it clear that there's no question of customers losing their credit status in light of the recent mortgage rate scandal.

According to the dictionary:

there's no question of (something):

  1. There is no doubt that something exists or is the case.

  2. There is no possibility that something is the case or will happen.

So actually this sentence has 2 meanings which contradict each other, although I'm aware that the most possible reading is: customers won't lose their credit status.

My question is why this construction has 2 opposite meanings. Could you explain the logic behind this?

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    The two different usages are 1) There's no question of X [being true] (X is definitely not true, and that assertion cannot be questioned / refuted), and 2) There's no question that X [is true] (X is definitely true, and that assertion cannot be questioned). It's all about the preposition - something has already been decided, and that decision can't be reversed, but whether the decision is that something is true, or that something is false depends on how exactly it's phrased. – FumbleFingers Jan 19 '20 at 14:58
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    (That's to say, there are two different "constructions" here, not just one.) – FumbleFingers Jan 19 '20 at 15:05

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