from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. An earnest request; an appeal: spoke out in a plea for greater tolerance.
- n. An excuse; a pretext: "necessity,/The Tyrant's plea” ( John Milton).
- n. Law An allegation offered in pleading a case.
- n. Law A defendant's answer to the declaration made by the plaintiff in a civil action.
- n. Law The answer of the accused to a criminal charge or indictment: entered a plea of not guilty.
- n. Law A special answer depending on or demonstrating one or more reasons why a suit should be delayed, dismissed, or barred in equity law.
- n. Law An action or suit.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. An appeal, petition, urgent prayer or entreaty.
- n. An excuse; an apology.
- n. That which is alleged or pleaded, in defense or in justification.
- n. That which is alleged by a party in support of his cause.
- n. An allegation of fact in a cause, as distinguished from a demurrer.
- n. The defendant’s answer to the plaintiff’s declaration and demand.
- n. A cause in court; a lawsuit; as, the Court of Common Pleas. See under Common.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. 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.
- n. A cause in court; a lawsuit. See under Common.
- n. That which is alleged or pleaded, in defense or in justification; an excuse; an apology.
- n. An urgent prayer or entreaty.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In law: A suit or action; the presentation of a cause of action to the court.
- n. In a general sense, that which is urged by or on behalf of a litigant, in support of his claim or defense; the contention of either party
- n. Specifically, in modern practice: At common law, a document (or in some inferior courts an oral statement) on the defendant's part, denying the allegations of the plaintiffs declaration, or alleging new matter (that is, matter not, shown by the plaintiff's pleading) as cause why the action should not be maintained. In equity, a document alleging new matter as a cause why the defendant should not be required to answer the complainant's bill
- n. In Scots law, a short and concise note of the grounds on which the action or defense is to be maintained, without argument
- n. That which is alleged in support, justification, or defense; an urgent argument; a reason; a pleading; an excuse; an apology: as, a plea for the reduction of taxation; a plea for rationalism.
- n. Pretext; pretense.
- n. Proposition; proposal.
- n. A dispute or controversy; a quarrel.
- n. Another litigation elsewhere, on the same subject, and between the same parties, or between the creditor and a third party sought to be held for the same debt. When used in this sense it is commonly in reference to the question whether arrest in one action is a satisfaction or bar to the other.
- n. 2. Excuse, etc. See apology.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. an answer indicating why a suit should be dismissed
- n. (law) a defendant's answer by a factual matter (as distinguished from a demurrer)
- n. a humble request for help from someone in authority
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When the plea is accepted, a different date will be set for sentencing, probably
Both men pleaded guilty to fraud on Thursday, and if the plea is accepted by the court, they'll spend 87 months in prison, be forced to resign from the bench and the bar, and lose their pension benefits.
After hundreds of pages grappling with such subjects as statistical regression analysis of melody and scientific studies of toddlers 'capacity for recognizing harmony, his plea is a bold and welcome affirmation of the mystery that music still poses for us.
This is both a form of loopholism as well as an illustration of what I call the plea for special dispensation.
Meanwhile the Daily Express highlights the doubling of flu deaths in England to 112 in what it calls a plea by Doctor Zana Ameen for ministers to vaccinate all children against swine flu
Thus my suggestion or rather my plea is for one law firm to launch a massive class action lawsuit (publicize it and get people to sign up) that acts on the behalf of all Bell residential customers who have high-speed Internet through a 3rd party ISP.
The plea is that chains are serving the same food in the same portions all the time, so that it is easy for them to list calories; whereas independent restaurants are changing things all the time.
If these conclusions brand one anti-Israeli, the plea is guilty.
In Anita Hill's case, however, the call left on an office voicemail system during witching hours was a plea from the begrudged wife of Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas requesting a 20-year overdue apology on his behalf.
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