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]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
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"
References in classic literature ?
In all these movements they bring to the front, as the leading question in each, the property question, no matter what its degree of development at the time.
Think again, Sir,' said Brass; 'it's my duty, Sir, in the position in which I stand, and as an honourable member of the legal profession--the first profession in this country, Sir, or in any other country, or in any of the planets that shine above us at night and are supposed to be inhabited--it's my duty, Sir, as an honourable member of that profession, not to put to you a leading question in a matter of this delicacy and importance.
Snell, the landlord, duly put the leading question.
Gentlemen of the jury, I should have interrupted the leading questions put by the prisoner’s counsel (by leading questions I mean telling him what to say), did I not feel confident that the law of the land was superior to any ad vantages (I mean legal advantages) which he might obtain by his art.
Supper done, they crowded round the fire again, and, as is common on such occasions, propounded all manner of leading questions calculated to surround the story with new horrors and surprises.
Jonah and young Cranch in the kitchen, not doubting that he had impressed the latter greatly by his leading questions concerning the Chalky Flats.
Nupkins cut the matter short, by putting leading questions to Grummer, which Grummer answered as nearly in the affirmative as he could.
He alluded constantly to Europe, to the people I was supposed to know there--putting leading questions as to my acquaintances in the sepulchral city, and so on.
It's a tough brief, but for a city with rapidly growing wealth, an expanding population, and a pointed desire to be seen through an internationalist lens, Hou's leading question may provoke some challenging answers.
Twitter user Jason Spencer even allows us to quantify -- albeit with a rather leading question and choice of answers -- the way social media users currently feel about Saudi Arabia's head of state, King Salman.
LEADING QUESTION Trident is thorny issue for Kezia Dugdale and Jeremy Corbyn