Definitions of plea

  1. an answer indicating why a suit should be dismissed
  2. ( law) a defendant's answer by a factual matter ( as distinguished from a demurrer)
  3. 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.
  4. That which is alleged or pleaded, in defense or in justification; an excuse; an apology.
  5. An urgent prayer or entreaty.
  6. 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).
  7. An excuse or apology; an entreaty; as, a plea for mercy; the defendant's answer to the charges in a lawsuit.
  8. The defender's answer to the plaintiffs declaration: an excuse: an apology: urgent entreaty.
  9. An act of pleading, or that which is pleaded; entreaty; excuse.
  10. 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.