I have come across the expression "unfortunately, the example was not leading" in the context where someone asked a question accompanied by an example and someone provided an answer that addresses the specific example but not the question in general.
Given this context I understand what "the example was not leading" conveys. It's also easy to see a parallel with e.g. Wikipedia's definition of "leading question":
In common law systems that rely on testimony by witnesses, a leading question or suggestive interrogation is a question that suggests the particular answer or contains the information the examiner is looking to have confirmed.
So by the same token "not a leading example" would mean "an example that does not specifically illustrate the particulars of the problem".
My questions are:
- Is this a well-known expression, just as "leading question" is?
- Is the definition I reached above correct? If not, what would a better one be (with references if possible)?