from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.
- noun Law Responsive pleading from a defendant that does not deny the factual allegations of the other party but argues that the defense is entitled to prevail, as in the justification of a killing being prosecuted as murder.
- noun The presentation of an argument that mentions or emphasizes only favorable aspects of the question at issue.
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- noun an argument that ignores all unfavorable evidence
- noun (law) a pleading that alleges new facts in avoidance of the opposing allegations
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