leading question


leading question
noun
a question phrased in such a way as to suggest the desired answer; a lawyer may ask leading questions on cross-examination
Part Holonyms: ↑cross-examination

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noun, pl ⋯ -tions [count]
: a question asked in a way that is intended to produce a desired answer

The judge made it quite clear that the lawyers were not permitted to ask witnesses leading questions.

The interviewer asked a lot of leading questions and was clearly biased.

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ˌleading ˈquestion [leading question] noun
a question that you ask in a particular way in order to get the answer you want

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