Leading question

Leading question
Leading Lead"ing, a. Guiding; directing; controlling; foremost; as, a leading motive; a leading man; a leading example. -- {Lead"ing*ly}, adv. [1913 Webster]

{Leading case} (Law), a reported decision which has come to be regarded as settling the law of the question involved. --Abbott.

{Leading motive} [a translation of G. leitmotif] (Mus.), a guiding theme; in the musical drama of Wagner, a marked melodic phrase or short passage which always accompanies the reappearance of a certain person, situation, abstract idea, or allusion in the course of the play; a sort of musical label. Also called {leitmotif} or {leitmotiv}.

{Leading note} (Mus.), the seventh note or tone in the ascending major scale; the sensible note.

{Leading question}, a question so framed as to guide the person questioned in making his reply.

{Leading strings}, strings by which children are supported when beginning to walk.

{To be in leading strings}, to be in a state of infancy or dependence, or under the guidance of others.

{Leading wheel}, a wheel situated before the driving wheels of a locomotive engine. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

Look at other dictionaries:

  • 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

  • leading question — In law, a leading question is one which suggests an expected answer to the witness, and the use of such questions is strictly controlled by Judges Rules. In general use the term is often extended to mean a ‘loaded’ or ‘searching’ question, i.e.… …   Modern English usage

  • leading question — noun count a question asked in such a way that it tricks or forces someone to give you the answer you want …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • leading question — leading questions N COUNT A leading question is expressed in such a way that it suggests what the answer should be …   English dictionary

  • leading question — ► NOUN ▪ a question that prompts or encourages the answer wanted …   English terms dictionary

  • leading question — [lēd′iŋ] n. a question put in such a way as to suggest the answer sought …   English World dictionary

  • Leading question — In common law systems that rely on testimony by witnesses, a leading question is a question that suggests the answer or contains the information the examiner is looking for. For example, this question is leading:* You were at Duffy s bar on the… …   Wikipedia

  • 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

  • leading question — UK / US noun [countable] Word forms leading question : singular leading question plural leading questions a question asked in such a way that it tricks or forces someone to give you the answer that you want …   English dictionary

Share the article and excerpts

Direct link
Do a right-click on the link above
and select “Copy Link”