leading question

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leading question

[lee-ding]
noun
a question so worded as to suggest the proper or desired answer.

Origin:
1815–25

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leading question (ˈliːdɪŋ)
 
n
a question phrased in a manner that tends to suggest the desired answer, such as What do you think of the horrible effects of pollution?

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leading question definition


An unfair question that is designed to guide the respondent: “You were drunk the night of the accident, weren't you, Mr. Norris?”

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Idioms & Phrases

leading question

A question worded so as to elicit particular information or a particular answer, as in When are you selling the business? This example assumes that the person is going to sell the business, an action that may not have been established or revealed. This expression originated with a specific meaning in law, that is, "a question that guides a witness toward a desired answer." In court, this practice is called leading a witness and is forbidden. [Mid-1800s]

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Example sentences
For example, an attorney may ask a leading question.
The defendants, however, allege that the remark came out in response to a
  leading question by the prosecutor.
Error can rarely be based upon exclusion of leading question, as it could
  easily be replaced.
However, no witness testified to that sort of leading question.
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