Definition of special pleading in English:

special pleading

Syllabification: spe·cial plead·ing


  • 1Argument in which the speaker deliberately ignores aspects that are unfavorable to their point of view.
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    • 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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