Definitions of plea

  1. a humble request for help from someone in authority
  2. an answer indicating why a suit should be dismissed
  3. ( law) a defendant's answer by a factual matter ( as distinguished from a demurrer)
  4. 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.
  5. That which is alleged or pleaded, in defense or in justification; an excuse; an apology.
  6. An urgent prayer or entreaty.
  7. The defendant's formal answer to criminal charges. Typically defendants enter one of the following pleas: guilty, not guilty or nolo contendere. A plea is usually entered when charges are formally brought ( at arraignment).
  8. An excuse or apology; an entreaty; as, a plea for mercy; the defendant's answer to the charges in a lawsuit.
  9. The defender's answer to the plaintiffs declaration: an excuse: an apology: urgent entreaty.
  10. An act of pleading, or that which is pleaded; entreaty; excuse.
  11. An excuse; an apology; entreaty; that which is alleged by a defendant in answer to the plaintiff's declaration; a law- suit; a case in court.
  12. In a court of lav, law, the answer given by the defendant or defender to the declaration and demand of the plaintiff or pursuer; a snit at law; a criminal process; an exuse or apology; something alleged in defence or justification.

Usage examples for plea

  1. And now stand on your head and sing 'Just as I am Without One Plea. – Fibble, D. D. by Irvin Shrewsbury Cobb
  2. I made my escape as soon as I could, on the plea of going out to Bellwood, and in the hall up- stairs I met Margery. – The Window at the White Cat by Mary Roberts Rinehart
  3. Don't be too hard on an old friend," said he, trying to carry off his frank plea for mercy with a smile. – The Deluge by David Graham Phillips
  4. He had not been well, and Evelyn kept him out of school on the plea that he would help to amuse his father. – The Main Chance by Meredith Nicholson
  5. But this was a plea he could not be expected to recognize. – The Complete PG Edition of The Works of Winston Churchill by Winston Churchill
  6. Upon this, my Lords, I shall only observe, that this plea of an inward intention in his own mind may, if admitted, justify any evil act whatever of this kind. – The Works of the Right Honourable Edmund Burke, Vol. XII. (of XII.) by Edmund Burke
  7. Feeling ashamed of not adding something to our store of provisions, when Dick declined accompanying me on the plea of not being up to work, I mounted my horse, and set off alone, hoping to shoot a buffalo before going far. – Adventures in the Far West by W.H.G. Kingston
  8. As Tarzan returned her bow he was positive that there was an invitation in her look, almost a plea. – The Return of Tarzan by Edgar Rice Burroughs
  9. You see I have only sought a plea to remain half an eternity at the feet of your majesty." – Berlin and Sans-Souci by Louise Muhlbach
  10. Turning toward the trader, Helen thought to start in on a plea for mercy, but one look into Talpers's face made her change her mind. – Mystery Ranch by Arthur Chapman
  11. The rapid march of events had confused her, and she amused him by a plea for time " to think." – Saturday's Child by Kathleen Norris
  12. " That is enough, father; your plea of not guilty would have been enough to satisfy me," added Christy. – A Victorious Union SERIES: The Blue and the Gray--Afloat by Oliver Optic
  13. In considering Herbert Briarfield's plea, she thought of Ricordo. – The Man Who Rose Again by Joseph Hocking
  14. Of course, orders were immediately given to the servants that no stranger, no matter how well dressed, how well seeming, nor what the plea, was, from that moment, to be allowed past the threshold. – Cleek: the Man of the Forty Faces by Thomas W. Hanshew
  15. It was a half- hearted, wholly futile plea to them to remember the facts by which the prisoner had already been convicted and to put aside the girl's dramatic story. – The Shepherd of the North by Richard Aumerle Maher
  16. He saw the chance of his life slipping away from him, but he could urge no plea in his own behalf. – The Wheel O' Fortune by Louis Tracy
  17. To his fellow- officers his plea was intoxication, and in the stirring times which followed, his offence was forgotten. – Raiding with Morgan by Byron A. Dunn
  18. What is the relation of the plea to the action? – Studies in Civics by James T. McCleary
  19. He excused himself on the plea of a restless night. – Trent's Last Case The Woman in Black by E.C. (Edmund Clerihew) Bentley