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Meaning of PLEA

Pronunciation:  plee

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  an answer indicating why a suit should be dismissed
  2. [n]  (law) a defendant's answer by a factual matter (as distinguished from a demurrer)
  3. [n]  a humble request for help from someone in authority

PLEA is a 4 letter word that starts with P.


 Synonyms: supplication
 See Also: answer, appeal, dilatory plea, due process, due process of law, entreaty, insanity plea, plea of insanity, prayer, trial



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\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.

Legal Dictionary
 Definition: The first pleading by a criminal defendant, the defendant's declaration in open court that he or she is guilty or not guilty. The defendant's answer to the charges made in the indictment or information.
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