question, leading

question, leading
 A leading question is not a challenging or hostile one, as is sometimes thought, but the opposite. It is a question designed to encourage the person being questioned to make the desired response. A lawyer who says to a witness, "So you didn’t see the murder, did you?" has asked a leading question.

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  • question, leading — n. A question posed to a witness that is phrased so as to suggest or elicit a particular answer desired by the attorney conducting the examination. Webster s New World Law Dictionary. Susan Ellis Wild. 2000 …   Law dictionary

  • question, leading —    A leading question is not a challenging or hostile one, as is sometimes thought, but the opposite. It is a question designed to encourage the person being questioned to make the desired response. A lawyer who says to a witness, So you didn t… …   Dictionary of troublesome word

  • question, leading —    A leading question is not a challenging or hostile one, as is sometimes thought, but the opposite. It is a question designed to encourage the person being questioned to make the desired response. A lawyer who says to a witness, So you didn t… …   Dictionary of troublesome word

  • leading question — see question 1 Merriam Webster’s Dictionary of Law. Merriam Webster. 1996. leading question …   Law dictionary

  • Leading question — Question Ques tion, n. [F., fr. L. quaestio, fr. quaerere, quaesitum, to seek for, ask, inquire. See {Quest}, n.] 1. The act of asking; interrogation; inquiry; as, to examine by question and answer. [1913 Webster] 2. Discussion; debate; hence,… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Question — Ques tion, n. [F., fr. L. quaestio, fr. quaerere, quaesitum, to seek for, ask, inquire. See {Quest}, n.] 1. The act of asking; interrogation; inquiry; as, to examine by question and answer. [1913 Webster] 2. Discussion; debate; hence, objection;… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 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 • Hypernyms: ↑question, ↑interrogation, ↑interrogative, ↑interrogative sentence • Part Holonyms: ↑cross examination *… …   Useful english dictionary

  • question — 1 / kwestSFn/ noun (C) 1 ASKING FOR INFORMATION a sentence or phrase that asks for information: ask (sb) a question: They asked me a lot of questions about my work experience. | May I ask a question? | answer a question: Answer three out of five… …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • question — I (New American Roget s College Thesaurus) n. problem, subject; query, interrogation; doubt, dispute. See inquiry. v. t. interrogate, examine, cross examine, quiz; dispute, challenge, doubt. II (Roget s IV) n. 1. [A query] Syn. inquiry, inquiring …   English dictionary for students

  • question — A subject or point of investigation, examination or debate; theme of inquiry; problem; matter to be inquired into, as subject matter of civil or criminal discovery. A point on which the parties are not agreed, and which is submitted to the… …   Black's law dictionary

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