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"
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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.
Nor can I say positively that Rattray put no leading questions; only that I remember none which had that sound; and that, once started, I am afraid I needed only too little encouragement to run on and on.
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.
Grace Kelemanik: When kids get stuck, teachers often try to help them by offering a suggestion or asking a leading question that inadvertently takes over the students' thinking.
THE leading question in the Lisburn Junior Invitational League under-15 section still appears to be - who can stop Newcastle FC?
shall prosecute in the name of the United States, but shall so far consider himself as counsel for the prisoner, after the said prisoner shall have made his plea, as to object to any leading question to any of the witnesses or any question to the prisoner, the answer which might tend to criminate himself.