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English definition of “loaded”


adjective (NOT FAIR)    /ˈləʊ.dɪd/ US  /ˈloʊ-/
not fair, especially by being helpful to one person instead of another: It seems that the report is loaded in favour of the developers.Unfairness and favouring someone unfairlyJustice and fairness loaded question a question that has particular words chosen to suggest the answer that is wanted: A survey should avoid asking loaded questions. → See also leading questionMeaning and significanceTypifying, illustrating and exemplifying
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