Compound Question

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In a legal trial or deposition, a compound question is a singularly phrased inquiry that entails multiple component questions within its framework. Such a question is objectionable, due to its potential to confuse a witness. If an objection to a compound question is sustained, the question may be withdrawn, and its original components may be re-asked as separate, independent questions. See generally: Federal Rules of Evidence 611(a) & 403 

[Last updated in June of 2021 by the Wex Definitions Team]