special pleading

  1. Law. pleading that alleges special or new matter in avoidance of the allegations made by the opposite side.

  2. pleading or arguing that ignores unfavorable features of a case.

Origin of special pleading

First recorded in 1675–85

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British Dictionary definitions for special pleading

special pleading

  1. a pleading that alleges new facts that offset those put forward by the other side rather than directly admitting or denying those facts

  2. a pleading that emphasizes the favourable aspects of a case while omitting the unfavourable

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