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plea

 (plē)
n.
1. An earnest request; an appeal: spoke out in a plea for greater tolerance.
2. An excuse; a pretext: "[The] colonel ... hid first behind a stump and then worked his way to the rear on the plea of a sore back" (William Marvel).
3. Law
a. The defendant's answer to a formal criminal charge: entered a plea of not guilty.
b. A defendant's answer in a civil action.
c. A special answer in an equity action, setting forth in lieu of a detailed response a basis for dismissing, delaying, or barring the suit.
d. A legal proceeding.

[Middle English plai, lawsuit, from Old French plai, plaid, from Late Latin placitum, decree, from Latin, from neuter past participle of placēre, to please; see plāk-1 in the Appendix of Indo-European roots.]

plea

(pliː)
n
1. an earnest entreaty or request: a plea for help.
2. (Law)
a. law something alleged or pleaded by or on behalf of a party to legal proceedings in support of his claim or defence
b. criminal law the answer made by an accused to the charge: a plea of guilty.
c. (in Scotland and formerly in England) a suit or action at law
3. an excuse, justification, or pretext: he gave the plea of a previous engagement.
[C13: from Anglo-Norman plai, from Old French plaid lawsuit, from Medieval Latin placitum court order (literally: what is pleasing), from Latin placēre to please]

plea

(pli)

n., pl. pleas.
1. an appeal or entreaty: a plea for mercy.
2. something that is alleged, urged, or pleaded in defense or justification.
3. an excuse; pretext: He begged off on the plea that his car wasn't working.
4.
a. an allegation made by, or on behalf of, a party to a legal suit, in support of his or her claim or defense.
b. a defendant's answer to a legal declaration or charge.
c. a plea of guilty.
[1175–1225; Middle English ple, earlier plaid < Old French < early Medieval Latin placitum law-court, suit, decision, decree, Latin: opinion (literally, that which is pleasing]

plea

The answer given by a defendant in a court case to the charge that has been brought.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.plea - a humble request for help from someone in authorityplea - a humble request for help from someone in authority
appeal, entreaty, prayer - earnest or urgent request; "an entreaty to stop the fighting"; "an appeal for help"; "an appeal to the public to keep calm"
2.plea - (law) a defendant's answer by a factual matter (as distinguished from a demurrer)
answer - the principal pleading by the defendant in response to plaintiff's complaint; in criminal law it consists of the defendant's plea of `guilty' or `not guilty' (or nolo contendere); in civil law it must contain denials of all allegations in the plaintiff's complaint that the defendant hopes to controvert and it can contain affirmative defenses or counterclaims
counterplea - a plaintiff's reply to a defendant's plea
dilatory plea - a plea that delays the action without settling the cause of action; it can challenge the jurisdiction or claim disability of the defendant etc. (such defenses are usually raised in the defendant's answer)
insanity plea, plea of insanity - (criminal law) a plea in which the defendant claims innocence due to mental incompetence at the time
law, jurisprudence - the collection of rules imposed by authority; "civilization presupposes respect for the law"; "the great problem for jurisprudence to allow freedom while enforcing order"
3.plea - an answer indicating why a suit should be dismissed
due process, due process of law - (law) the administration of justice according to established rules and principles; based on the principle that a person cannot be deprived of life or liberty or property without appropriate legal procedures and safeguards
trial - (law) the determination of a person's innocence or guilt by due process of law; "he had a fair trial and the jury found him guilty"; "most of these complaints are settled before they go to trial"
law, jurisprudence - the collection of rules imposed by authority; "civilization presupposes respect for the law"; "the great problem for jurisprudence to allow freedom while enforcing order"

plea

noun
1. appeal, request, suit, prayer, begging, petition, overture, entreaty, intercession, supplication an impassioned plea to mankind to act to save the planet
2. (Law) suit, cause, action, allegation We will enter a plea of not guilty.
3. excuse, claim, defence, explanation, justification, pretext, vindication, extenuation He murdered his wife, but got off on a plea of insanity.

plea

noun
1. An earnest or urgent request:
2. An explanation offered to justify an action or make it better understood:
Translations
طَلَب مُسْتَعْجَل، إسْتِغاثَهيَرُدُّ على تُهْمَه
naléhavá žádostobhajoba
anmodningappelpåstand
anomusoikeusjuttuperustelupuolustelupuolustus
kérvénykifogásmentségürügyvédőbeszéd
beiîni, tilmælisvar stefnda viî ákæru, málsvörn
aicinājumsatbilde uz apsūdzībulūgums
naliehavá žiadosť
prošnja
âcil yardım çağrısıbeyansavunma

plea

[pliː]
A. N
1. (= entreaty) → súplica f, petición f
he made a plea for mercypidió clemencia
2. (= excuse) → pretexto m, disculpa f
3. (Jur) → alegato m, defensa f
a plea of insanityun alegato de desequilibrio mental
a plea of guilty/not guiltyuna declaración de culpabilidad/inocencia
to enter a plea of innocentdeclararse inocente
B. CPD plea bargaining N (Jur) acuerdo táctico entre fiscal y defensor para agilizar los trámites judiciales

plea

[ˈpliː] n
(= request) → appel m
a plea for help → un appel à l'aide
a plea for sb to do sth → un appel pour que qn fasse qch
She made a plea for anybody with information to contact the police → Elle lança un appel pour que toute personne en possession d'informations contacte la police.
(LAW)plaidoyer m
a plea of not guilty → un plaidoyer de non-culpabilité
He murdered his wife but got off on a plea of insanity → Il a assassiné sa femme mais le jury a prononcé un verdict de non-culpabilité pour aliénation mentale.plea bargaining nnégociation f de peine

plea

n
Bitte f; (= general appeal)Appell m; to make a plea for somethingzu etw aufrufen; to make a plea for mercy/leniencyum Gnade/Milde bitten
(= excuse)Begründung f; on the plea of illness/ill healthaus Krankheitsgründen/gesundheitlichen Gründen
(Jur) → Plädoyer nt; to enter a plea of guiltysich schuldig bekennen; to enter a plea of not guiltyseine Unschuld erklären; to enter a plea of insanityauf Zurechnungsunfähigkeit plädieren; he put forward or he made a plea of self-defenceer machte Notwehr geltend, er berief sich auf Notwehr

plea

[pliː] n
a. (entreaty, for donations) → appello; (for leniency) → supplica; (excuse) → scusa, pretesto
on the plea of → con la scusa di
b. (Law) to enter a plea of guiltydichiararsi colpevole
to put forward a plea of self-defence → invocare la legittima difesa

plea

(pliː) noun
1. a prisoner's answer to a charge. He made a plea of (not) guilty.
2. an urgent request. The hospital sent out a plea for blood-donors.
References in classic literature ?
When a lady, in a delicate and costly summer garb, with a floating veil and gracefully swaying gown, and, altogether, an ethereal lightness that made you look at her beautifully slippered feet, to see whether she trod on the dust or floated in the air,--when such a vision happened to pass through this retired street, leaving it tenderly and delusively fragrant with her passage, as if a bouquet of tea-roses had been borne along, --then again, it is to be feared, old Hepzibah's scowl could no longer vindicate itself entirely on the plea of near-sightedness.
Were such a man once more to fall, what plea could be urged in extenuation of his crime?
On the spot, accordingly, in the pleasant hall and with her eyes on me, I, for a reason that I couldn't then have phrased, achieved an inward resolution--offered a vague pretext for my lateness and, with the plea of the beauty of the night and of the heavy dew and wet feet, went as soon as possible to my room.
But he declined, on the plea of inexperience, diffidence in public, lack of curiosity, and I didn't know what all.
Upon the same plea, he told me to bring my tools and clothing home forthwith.
Not merely when a state of warfare with one young lady might be supposed to recommend the other, but from the very first; and she was not satisfied with expressing a natural and reasonable admiration but without solicitation, or plea, or privilege, she must be wanting to assist and befriend her.
Elinor was very earnest in her application to her mother, relating all that had passed, her suspicions of Willoughby's inconstancy, urging her by every plea of duty and affection to demand from Marianne an account of her real situation with respect to him.
We excused her, to a certain extent, on the plea of ill-health: she was dwindling and fading before our eyes.
I have read my New Testament to little purpose, indeed, if Christian mercy may not soften the hard sentence against her -- if Christian charity may not find a plea for her memory in the love and fidelity, the suffering and the sacrifice, of her whole life.
Monsieur Gabelle had held the impoverished and involved estate on written instructions, to spare the people, to give them what little there was to give--such fuel as the heavy creditors would let them have in the winter, and such produce as could be saved from the same grip in the summer--and no doubt he had put the fact in plea and proof, for his own safety, so that it could not but appear now.
Hubble declined, on the plea of a pipe and ladies' society; but Mr.
The assembled clergy admitted the validity of the plea, and the notoriety of the circumstances upon which it was founded; giving thus an indubitable and most remarkable testimony to the existence of that disgraceful license by which that age was stained.