Definition of special pleading in English:

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special pleading



1Argument in which the speaker deliberately ignores aspects that are unfavorable to their point of view.
Example sentences
  • No one engaged in special pleading.
  • The professor's statement was itself a piece of special pleading, by a fine scholar determined to avoid theoretical discussions.
  • This is a most remarkable piece of special pleading.
1.1Appeals to give a particular interest group special treatment: we heard his special pleading for his constituency

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Syllabification: spe·cial plead·ing

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