leading question

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leading question

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?

lead′ing ques′tion

(ˈli dɪŋ)
n.
a question so worded as to suggest the proper or desired answer.
[1815–25]
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Noun1.leading question - a question phrased in such a way as to suggest the desired answer; a lawyer may ask leading questions on cross-examination
cross-examination - (law) close questioning of a hostile witness in a court of law to discredit or throw a new light on the testimony already provided in direct examination
interrogation, interrogative, interrogative sentence, question - a sentence of inquiry that asks for a reply; "he asked a direct question"; "he had trouble phrasing his interrogations"
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In all of these, he avoids leading the witness, letting the texts speak for themselves.
It is also leading the witness to make a statement and then ask, "Is that correct?
And even though she was leading the witness somewhat, Jimmy agreed, "No contest".