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Definitions of plea

  1. a humble request for help from someone in authority Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  2. an answer indicating why a suit should be dismissed Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  3. (law) a defendant's answer by a factual matter (as distinguished from a demurrer) Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  4. 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
  5. A cause in court; a lawsuit; as, the Court of Common Pleas. See under Common. Webster Dictionary DB
  6. That which is alleged or pleaded, in defense or in justification; an excuse; an apology. Webster Dictionary DB
  7. An urgent prayer or entreaty. Webster Dictionary DB
  8. 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).
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
  11. Act of pleading; excuse; entreaty. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  12. 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.
  13. An excuse; an apology; entreaty; that which is alleged by a defendant in answer to the plaintiff's declaration; a law-suit; a case in court. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  14. 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.
  15. In old English law. A suit or action. Thus, the power to "hold pleas" is the power to take cognizance of actions or suits; so "common pleas" are actions or suits between private persons. And this meaning of the word still appears in the modern declarations, where it is stated, e. g., that the defendant "has been summoned to answer the plaintiff in a plea of debt." In common-law practice. A pleading; any one in the series of pleadings. More particularly, the first pleading on the part of tbe defendant. In the strictest sense, the answer which the defendant in an action at law makes to the plaintiff's declaration, and in which he sets up matter of fact as defense, thus distinguished from a demurrer, which interposes objections on grounds of law. In equity. A sporial answer showing or relying upon one or more things as a cause why the suit should be either dismissed or delayed or barred. Mitf. Eq. PI. 210: Coop. Eq. PI. 223. A short statement, in response to a bill in equity, of facts which, if inserted in the bill, would render it demurrable: while an answer is a complete statement of the defendant's case, and contains answers to any interrogatories the plaintiff may have administered. Hunt, Eq. pt. 1. c. 3. thelawdictionary.org
  16. pl[=e], n. the defender's answer to the plaintiff's demand or charge: an excuse: an apology: an action in a court of law: urgent entreaty. [O. Fr. plait (Fr. plaid)--Low L. placitum, a decision--L. placet, it pleases, plac[=e]re, to please.] gutenberg.org/ebooks/37683
  17. Pleading, argument, excuse; (Law) formal statement by or on behalf of defendant, defence, special p. (alleging new fact); Court of COMMON Pp.; (Hist.) action at law. [middle English] Concise Oxford Dictionary
  18. n. [Norman French, French, Latin] An allegation of fact in a cause, as distinguished from a demurrer; in a more limited and usual sense, the defendant's answer to the plaintiff's declaration and demand;—a cause in court; a lawsuit;—a controversy; a debate;—that which is advance in defence or proof of; ground; justification;—an excuse; an apology;—urgent prayer or entreaty. Cabinet Dictionary

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