Definition of special pleading in English:

special pleading

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[mass noun]
  • Argument in which the speaker deliberately ignores aspects that are unfavourable to their point of view: he has produced a piece of special pleading that does not wholly stand up
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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.

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