Leading question


 
Name of fallacy Leading question
Aliases Fallacy of many questions, loaded question, complex question, presupposition, trick question, plurium interrogationum
Type  Irrelevant Argument, Informal Argument
Description Someone asks a question that presupposes something. Often used so that the question limits direct replies to those that serve the questioner's agenda. The phrasing of the question generally introduces irrelevant or incorrect evidence.
Example

Are you still beating your wife/husband?" Whether the respondent answers yes or no, he will admit to having a spouse

Form  
Treatment Identify the assumption in the question and challenge its relevance.

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