Definitions of plea

  1. an answer indicating why a suit should be dismissed Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  2. (law) a defendant's answer by a factual matter (as distinguished from a demurrer) Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  3. That which is alleged by a party in support of his cause; in a stricter sense, an allegation of fact in a cause, as distinguished from a demurrer; in a still more limited sense, and in modern practice, the defendant's answer to the plaintiff's declaration and demand. 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. Webster Dictionary DB
  4. That which is alleged or pleaded, in defense or in justification; an excuse; an apology. Webster Dictionary DB
  5. An urgent prayer or entreaty. Webster Dictionary DB
  6. The defendant's formal answer to criminal charges. Typically defendants enter one of the following pleas: guilty, not guilty or nolo contendere. A plea is usually entered when charges are formally brought (at arraignment).
  7. An excuse or apology; an entreaty; as, a plea for mercy; the defendant's answer to the charges in a lawsuit. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  8. The defender's answer to the plaintiffs declaration: an excuse: an apology: urgent entreaty. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  9. An act of pleading, or that which is pleaded; entreaty; excuse. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  10. In a court of lav, law, the answer given by the defendant or defender to the declaration and demand of the plaintiff or pursuer; a snit at law; a criminal process; an exuse or apology; something alleged in defence or justification. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.

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Usage examples for plea

  1. And now stand on your head and sing 'Just as I am Without One Plea – Fibble, D. D. by Irvin Shrewsbury Cobb
  2. I made my escape as soon as I could, on the plea of going out to Bellwood, and in the hall up- stairs I met Margery. – The Window at the White Cat by Mary Roberts Rinehart