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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- in 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.