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leading question

[lee-ding] /ˈli dɪŋ/
a question so worded as to suggest the proper or desired answer.
Origin of leading question
First recorded in 1815-25 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • This was a leading question, and the Captain was more embarrassed than ever.

    Cap'n Eri Joseph Crosby Lincoln
  • This was a leading question, for I did not yet know whither we were bound.

    Confessions Of Con Cregan Charles James Lever
  • "That's a leading question," he answered, with some hesitation.

    The Shadow World

    Hamlin Garland
  • The leading question, in these cases, is, “What are the connections?”

    The Young Maiden

    A. B. (Artemas Bowers) Muzzey
  • He spoke truth, but he had evaded answering the leading question.

    Chasing an Iron Horse Edward Robins
  • But stop,” said Mary Anna; “you must not ask him by a leading question.

    Caleb in the Country

    Jacob Abbott
  • If not exactly a leading question, it was certainly a hinting statement.

    Unwise Child Gordon Randall Garrett
  • It was a leading question, and Jim explained his position frankly.

    The Hero of Panama

    F. S. Brereton
  • This was the leading question, and he considered it carefully.

British Dictionary definitions for leading question

leading question

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?”

The New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition
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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 calledleading a witness and is forbidden. [ Mid-1800s ]
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