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plea

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Pronunciation: /pliː
 
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Definition of plea in English:

noun

1A request made in an urgent and emotional manner: he made a dramatic plea for disarmament
More example sentences
  • But unlike Moore, he doesn't rely on emotional pleas from hysterical moms and funny songs to lighten the mood.
  • Beware of charities long on emotional pleas but short on concrete examples of where the money goes, she advised.
  • He also is undecided on his emotions, chopping and changing between angry violent outbursts and whiny emotional pleas.
Synonyms
1.1A claim that a circumstance means that one should not be blamed for or should not be forced to do something: her plea of a headache was not entirely false
More example sentences
  • You must demonstrate that you have made a decision and will no longer accept philandering, excuses, promises or pleas.
  • His attorneys moved on Wednesday to obtain a prompt hearing on his plea that he is legally entitled to release.
  • He was given six years for forgery despite his plea that he regarded painting banknotes as "a new form of art."
Synonyms
claim, explanation, defence, justification, vindication;
excuse, pretext
2 Law A formal statement by or on behalf of a defendant or prisoner, stating guilt or innocence in response to a charge, offering an allegation of fact, or claiming that a point of law should apply: he changed his plea to not guilty
More example sentences
  • The defendants put forward a plea of justification, based on the issue of the writ itself.
  • It seems that he indicated a plea of guilty even before the charge was amended.
  • I have already said that I am not going to make a plea of diminished responsibility on the grounds of incapacity.

Origin

Middle English (in the sense 'lawsuit'): from Old French plait, plaid 'agreement, discussion', from Latin placitum 'a decree', neuter past participle of placere 'to please'.

Phrases

plea of tender

1
Law A plea that the defendant has always been ready to satisfy the plaintiff’s claim and now brings the sum into court.
Example sentences
  • The affidavit further stated, that the district attorney of the United States moved to strike off from the record the plea of tender as a nullity.
  • Granting that this plea of tender into court is defective, it would not render the petition insufficient to state a cause of action.

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