- an allegation made by, or on behalf of, a party to a legal suit, in support of his or her claim or defense.
- a defendant's answer to a legal declaration or charge.
- (in courts of equity) a plea that admits the truth of the declaration, but alleges special or new matter in avoidance.
- Obsolete. a suit or action.
Idioms about plea
Origin of plea
WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH pleapleas , please
How to use plea in a sentence
There were even heartfelt pleas for consideration, before—what?
I reached out with heartfelt pleas, and spoke to people that I felt were ideal—and I was right in most cases.Idris Elba on Eric Garner, ‘Mi Mandela,’ and Selling Weed to Dave Chappelle|Marlow Stern|December 6, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The veteran officer believes Garner might have survived had anybody heeded his pleas.‘I Can’t Breathe!’ ‘I Can’t Breathe!’ A Moral Indictment of Cop Culture|Michael Daly|December 4, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Sharpton spoke of the moment they had all seen in the video when Pantaleo kept Garner in a headlock despite his pleas.
We see press conferences featuring grieving parents making impassioned pleas like, “Not one more.”
Daniel Wells, chief justice of the court of common pleas of Massachusetts, died at Cambridge, aged 63.The Every Day Book of History and Chronology|Joel Munsell
He had all manorial rights except pleas of the Crown, and the freedom of all markets in Ireland for himself and his tenants.Ireland Under the Tudors, Vol. II (of 3)|Richard Bagwell
Those of us who possessed liberty made pleas for passing by Virginia Cottage to see the fun.Johnny Ludlow, Fourth Series|Mrs. Henry Wood
On revising the statutes good behavior was made the term of tenure for the judges and clerks of common pleas.A short history of Rhode Island|George Washington Greene
There have been times when H. 3rd has refused my most earnest pleas that he ride his kiddie car up and down the hall.Seeing Things at Night|Heywood Broun
British Dictionary definitions for plea
- law something alleged or pleaded by or on behalf of a party to legal proceedings in support of his claim or defence
- criminal law the answer made by an accused to the chargea plea of guilty
- (in Scotland and formerly in England) a suit or action at law
Word Origin for plea
Other Idioms and Phrases with plea
see cop a plea.