logical fallacies fallacy

Loaded Question

You asked a question that had a presumption built into it so that it couldn't be answered without appearing guilty.

Loaded question fallacies are particularly effective at derailing rational debates because of their inflammatory nature – the recipient of the loaded question is compelled to defend themselves and may appear flustered or on the back foot.

Example: Jenny and Gabriel were both romantically interested in Brad. One day, with Brad sitting within earshot, Jenny asked in an inquisitive tone whether Gabriel was still having problems with her drug habit.