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Noun

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plea

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  1. An appeal, petition, urgent prayer or entreaty.
    a plea for mercy
  2. An excuse; an apology.
    (A date for this quote is being sought): Necessity, the tyrant’s plea. --Milton.
    (A date for this quote is being sought): No plea must serve; ‘t is cruelty to spare. --Denham.
  3. That which is alleged or pleaded, in defense or in justification.
  4. (Template loop detected: Template:context 1) That which is alleged by a party in support of his cause.
  5. (Template loop detected: Template:context 1) An allegation of fact in a cause, as distinguished from a demurrer.
  6. (Template loop detected: Template:context 1) The defendant’s answer to the plaintiff’s declaration and demand.
  7. (Template loop detected: Template:context 1) A cause in court; a lawsuit; as, the Court of Common Pleas. See under Common.
    (A date for this quote is being sought): The Supreme Judicial Court shall have cognizance of pleas real, personal, and mixed. --Laws of Massachusetts.

Usage notes

In 19th century U.K. law, that which the plaintiff alleges in his declaration is answered and repelled or justified by the defendant’s plea. In chancery practice, a plea is a special answer showing or relying upon one or more things as a cause why the suit should be either dismissed, delayed, or barred. In criminal practice, the plea is the defendant’s formal answer to the indictment or information presented against him/her.

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