special pleading


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special pleading

n.
1. 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.
2. The presentation of an argument that mentions or emphasizes only favorable aspects of the question at issue.

special pleading

n
1. (Law) a pleading that alleges new facts that offset those put forward by the other side rather than directly admitting or denying those facts
2. (Law) a pleading that emphasizes the favourable aspects of a case while omitting the unfavourable

spe′cial plead′ing


n.
1. Law. pleading that avoids allegations against a client by alleging new or special matter.
2. arguing that ignores unfavorable features of a subject.
[1675–85]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.special pleading - an argument that ignores all unfavorable evidence
specious argument - an argument that appears good at first view but is really fallacious
2.special pleading - (law) a pleading that alleges new facts in avoidance of the opposing allegations
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"
References in classic literature ?
I won't give you time; I won't have any of your special pleading. Black's white according to you.
That may be true, but it may also be special pleading. Were agencies prohibited from talking to each other in the name of privacy?
There is no special pleading; he confronts the poem in a sensible and scholarly way, always seeming to ask the right questions and offering convincing and well-judged answers.
The poet who could excel in three different genres homily, dream vision, and romance - and whose imagination allowed him to enter the minds of characters (Jonah, Sara, the Dreamer in Pearl) who initially regard the divine view as 'unreasonable' but who are led to recognize its justice, scarcely needs so much special pleading.
The effect of this study's obsessive devotion to one product runs the danger of special pleading. Doherty claims that this was 'one of the best maintained advertising campaigns to use the printed word' (p.
Underdown skillfully lays all of this before the reader and gives these wide-ranging practical achievements a cultural and intellectual context in the sermons of White and the diary of William Whiteway, who recorded not only local and family events but had an abiding interest in more general history, in religious controversy (having narrowly escaped from the Catholic League in France), and "natural curiosities." Underdown addresses, as he has previously, the theme of "cultural conflict," but the sources are not ideal and an element of special pleading enters into the narrative, which perhaps takes the contemporary psychological response to the fire too much at face value, thus heightening the contrast between pre- and post-file Dorchester.
Plaid Cymru MP Hywel Williams, who represents Arfon, saw "an element of special pleading" in Labour's complaints, but was concerned that constituencies should reflect real communities.
No excuses, no special pleading. We need laws that are tough on murder - and tough on the means of murder.
The response from individual communities has been special pleading. Take Belsay, for example.
Because these two works needed no special pleading. Both Luca Francesconi's Lips, Eyes...Bang and Lamberto Coccioli's Al[pounds sterling]na explored the combination of electronic and acoustic sound.
But none of this statistical juggling and special pleading can alter the fact that the dental part of the NHS is looking anything but safe in New Labour's hands.
While unionists didn't succeed in that goal, they did have every reason to expect that Washington would back them in the lesser objective of making sure that home-based work was regulated at least as stringently as centralized workplaces; that the government, as opposed to (heaven forfend!) individual workers themselves, would decide what working conditions were tolerable; and that talk of "privacy" and "worker choice" would be dismissed as irrelevant special pleading concocted by employers.

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