American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. Law Assertion of new or special matter to offset the opposing party's allegations, as an alternative to direct denial.
- n. A presentation of an argument that emphasizes only a favorable or single aspect of the question at issue.
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. (Law) The phrase is sometimes popularly applied to the specious, but unsound, argumentation of one whose aim is victory, and not truth.
- n. an argument that ignores all unfavorable evidence
- n. (law) a pleading that alleges new facts in avoidance of the opposing allegations
“[This document appears to have been a more or less typical combination of bombast and special pleading concerning the GBA's achievements and failure to meet all demands put upon it.] ...”
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