Definition of plea :
1. A cause in court; a lawsuit; as, the Court of Common Pleas. See under Common.
2. An urgent prayer or entreaty.
3. 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.
4. That which is alleged or pleaded, in defense or in justification; an excuse; an apology.
appeal (part of speech: noun)
pretext (part of speech: noun)
request (part of speech: noun)
plea (part of speech: noun)
- Upon what plea does he pretend to hinder it, father? - "Hills of the Shatemuc", Susan Warner.
- It was the salvation of Monte Joe, for Wade, laughing himself, took advantage of the general merriment to urge his plea again in the gambler's behalf. - "Hidden Gold", Wilder Anthony.
- Nor does the plea, that innocent third parties would suffer, add any strength to the position. - "Monopolies and the People", D. C. Cloud.