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special pleading

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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.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • 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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