pleading in the alternative


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Noun1.pleading in the alternative - a pleading that alleges facts so separate that it is difficult to determine which facts the person intends to rely on
pleading - (law) a statement in legal and logical form stating something on behalf of a party to a legal proceeding
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"