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LE'ADING, participle present tense

1. Guiding; conducting; preceding; drawing; alluring; passing life.

2. adjective Chief; principal; capital; most influential; as a leading motive; a leading man in a party.

3. showing the way by going first.

He left his mother a countess by patent, which was a new leading example.

LE'ADING, noun Guidance; the act of conducting; direction.