controlling, directing, implicational, implicative, implicatory, inferential, insinuating, insinuative, instructional, instructive, referential, regulating, steering, suggestive, supervising, supervisory
associated concepts: leading a witness, leading question
(ranking first) adjective
beyond compare, capital, cardinal, central, chief, dominant, dominating, finest, first, foremost, greatest, main, most influential, outstanding, paramount, predominant, preeminent, prevailing, primarius, primary, prime, princeps, principal, prominent, stellar, supreme, top, topmost, unequaled, unexcelled, unmatched, unparalleled, unrivalled, unsurpassed
cardinal (outstanding), dominant, famous, important (significant), influential, initial, major, master, material (important), notable, noteworthy, paramount, precursory, prevailing (having superior force), primary, prime (most valuable), principal, prior, prominent, renowned, salient, sovereign (absolute), stellar
Burton's Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006
1) v. short for "leading the witness," in which the attorney during a trial or deposition asks questions in a form in which he/she puts words in the mouth of the witness or suggests the answer. Leading is improper if the attorney is questioning a witness called by that attorney and presumably friendly to the attorney's side of the case. Thus, the opposing attorney will object that a question is "leading," and if so the judge will sustain (uphold) the objection and prohibit the question in that form. However, leading questions are permissible in cross-examination of a witness called by the other party or if the witness is found to be hostile or adverse to the position of the attorney conducting the questioning.2) adj. referring to a question asked of a witness which suggests the answer.
Law dictionary. EdwART. 2013.