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What does "Is that a loaded question" mean?

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A loaded question is one that is "heavy with meaning or emotional impact."

Apr 23 2007, 5:09 PM
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My Concise Oxford says that "loaded" (of a question or statement) means "charged with some hidden or improper implication".
In this sense it comes from "loaded" as in weighted or biased (e.g. loaded dice).
An example of a loaded question would be the classic:
"When did you stop beating your wife?"

Apr 23 2007, 7:11 PM
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it means " is that a trick question?"

Apr 25 2007, 8:00 PM
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A loaded question is a question that is posed with a certain answer in mind or containing a particular phraseology so as to set up the next set of questions and/or answers.

Loaded questions are the sort of questions that GOOD Police Interrogators and Trial Lawyers will pose.

Gmack has given a good example of this.

Apr 26 2007, 2:31 AM
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