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leading question

[lee-ding] /ˈli dɪŋ/
noun
1.
a question so worded as to suggest the proper or desired answer.
Origin
1815-1825
1815-25
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Examples from the web for leading question
  • 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.
  • Now that could be considered a mildly leading question.
  • Even though a question can be answered yes or no, it is not a leading question if it does not suggest a particular answer.
British Dictionary definitions for leading question

leading question

/ˈliːdɪŋ/
noun
1.
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 in Culture

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 and Phrases with leading question

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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