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 for Leading question
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Leading \Lead"ing\, a.
     Guiding; directing; controlling; foremost; as, a leading
     motive; a leading man; a leading example. -- Lead"ing*ly,
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     Leading case (Law), a reported decision which has come to
        be regarded as settling the law of the question involved.
     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.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  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.
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     2. Discussion; debate; hence, objection; dispute; doubt; as,
        the story is true beyond question; he obeyed without
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              There arose a question between some of John's
              disciples and the Jews about purifying. -- John iii.
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              It is to be to question, whether it be lawful for
              Christian princes to make an invasive war simply for
              the propagation of the faith.         -- Bacon.
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     3. Examination with reference to a decisive result;
        investigation; specifically, a judicial or official
        investigation; also, examination under torture.
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              He that was in question for the robbery. Shak.
              The Scottish privy council had power to put state
              prisoners to the question.            --Macaulay.
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     4. That which is asked; inquiry; interrogatory; query.
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              But this question asked
              Puts me in doubt. Lives there who loves his pain ?
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     5. Hence, a subject of investigation, examination, or debate;
        theme of inquiry; matter to be inquired into; as, a
        delicate or doubtful question.
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     6. Talk; conversation; speech; speech. [Obs.] --Shak.
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     In question, in debate; in the course of examination or
        discussion; as, the matter or point in question.
     Leading question. See under Leading.
     Out of question, unquestionably. "Out of question, 't is
        Maria's hand." --Shak.
     Out of the question. See under Out.
     Past question, beyond question; certainly; undoubtedly;
     Previous question, a question put to a parliamentary
        assembly upon the motion of a member, in order to
        ascertain whether it is the will of the body to vote at
        once, without further debate, on the subject under
     Note: The form of the question is: "Shall the main question
           be now put?" If the vote is in the affirmative, the
           matter before the body must be voted upon as it then
           stands, without further general debate or the
           submission of new amendments. In the House of
           Representatives of the United States, and generally in
           America, a negative decision operates to keep the
           business before the body as if the motion had not been
           made; but in the English Parliament, it operates to
           postpone consideration for the day, and until the
           subject may be again introduced. In American practice,
           the object of the motion is to hasten action, and it is
           made by a friend of the measure. In English practice,
           the object is to get rid of the subject for the time
           being, and the motion is made with a purpose of voting
           against it. --Cushing.
     To beg the question. See under Beg.
     To the question, to the point in dispute; to the real
        matter under debate.
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     Syn: Point; topic; subject.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  leading question
      n 1: a question phrased in such a way as to suggest the desired
           answer; a lawyer may ask leading questions on cross-

From Bouvier's Law Dictionary, Revised 6th Ed (1856) :

  LEADING QUESTION, evidence, Practice. A question which puts into the 
  witness' mouth the words to be echoed back, or plainly suggests the answer 
  which the party wishes to get from him. 7 Serg. & Rawle, 171; 4 Wend. Rep. 
  247. In that case the examiner is said to lead him to the answer. It is not 
  always easy to determine what is or is not a leading question. 
       2. These questions cannot, in general, be put to a witness in his 
  examination in chief. 6 Binn. R. 483, 3 Binn. R. 130; 1 Phill. Ev. 221; 1 
  Stark. Ev. 123. But in an examination in chief, questions may be put to lead 
  the mind of the witness to the subject of inquiry; and they are allowed when 
  it appears the witness wishes to conceal the truth, or to favor the opposite 
  party, or where, from the nature of the case, the mind of the witness cannot 
  be directed to the subject of inquiry, without a particular specification of 
  such subject. 1 Camp. R. 43; 1 Stark. C. 100. 
       3. In cross-examinations, the examiner has generally the right to put 
  leading questions. 1 Stark. Ev. 132; 3 Chit. Pr. 892; Rosc. Civ. Ev. 94; 3 
  Bouv. Inst. n. 3203-4. 

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