leading question


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leading question

A question articulated in such a specific way as to suggest that a particular answer or piece of information is true or has been established. A: "Don't you think the mayor's office should be doing more to prevent corruption?" B: "I resent being asked such a leading question, and I can assure you we are doing all we can." She asked me when I was going to take her out on a date, and I was taken aback at such a leading question.
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leading question

a question that suggests the kind of answer that the person who asks it wants to hear. The mayor was angered by the reporter's leading questions. "Don't you think that the police are failing to stop crime?" is an example of a leading question.
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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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a ˌleading ˈquestion

a question that you ask in a particular way in order to get the answer you want: That’s a leading question.Lawyers are experts on leading questions. You have to be very careful when you answer them.
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May I pose a second leading question - which may also give food for thought.
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It's a leading question," The Scotsman quoted Carr, as saying.
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Any leading question was dodged with a neat sidestep of which Barry John would have been proud.
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For instance, he can spot a leading question a mile off.