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  2  definitions  found 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
  Plea  \Plea\,  n.  [OE.  plee,  plai,  plait,  fr  OF  plait,  plaid, 
  plet,  LL  placitum  judgment,  decision,  assembly,  court,  fr 
  L.  placitum  that  which  is  pleasing,  an  opinion,  sentiment, 
  from  placere  to  please.  See  {Please},  and  cf  {Placit}, 
  1.  (Law)  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 
  2.  (Law)  A  cause  in  court;  a  lawsuit;  as  the  Court  of  Common 
  Pleas.  See  under  {Common}. 
  The  Supreme  Judicial  Court  shall  have  cognizance  of 
  pleas  real,  personal,  and  mixed.  --Laws  of 
  3.  That  which  is  alleged  or  pleaded,  in  defense  or  in 
  justification;  an  excuse;  an  apology.  ``Necessity,  the 
  tyrant's  plea.''  --Milton. 
  No  plea  must  serve;  't  is  cruelty  to  spare. 
  4.  An  urgent  prayer  or  entreaty. 
  {Pleas  of  the  crown}  (Eng.  Law),  criminal  actions. 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
  n  1:  humble  request  for  help  [syn:  {supplication}] 
  2:  (law)  a  defendant's  answer  by  a  factual  matter  (as 
  distinguished  from  a  demurrer) 
  3:  an  answer  indicating  why  a  suit  should  be  dismissed 

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