What does plea mean?

Definitions for plea
pliplea

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. supplication, pleanoun

    a humble request for help from someone in authority

  2. pleanoun

    (law) a defendant's answer by a factual matter (as distinguished from a demurrer)

  3. pleanoun

    an answer indicating why a suit should be dismissed

Wiktionary

  1. pleanoun

    An appeal, petition, urgent prayer or entreaty.

    a plea for mercy

  2. pleanoun

    An excuse; an apology.

  3. pleanoun

    That which is alleged or pleaded, in defense or in justification.

  4. pleanoun

    That which is alleged by a party in support of his cause.

  5. pleanoun

    An allegation of fact in a cause, as distinguished from a demurrer.

  6. pleanoun

    The defendant's answer to the plaintiff's declaration and demand.

  7. pleanoun

    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 Massachusetts.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Pleanoun

    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

    Etymology: [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, Plead.]

  2. Pleanoun

    a cause in court; a lawsuit; as, the Court of Common Pleas. See under Common

    Etymology: [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, Plead.]

  3. Pleanoun

    that which is alleged or pleaded, in defense or in justification; an excuse; an apology

    Etymology: [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, Plead.]

  4. Pleanoun

    an urgent prayer or entreaty

    Etymology: [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, Plead.]

Freebase

  1. Plea

    In legal terms, a plea is simply an answer to a claim made by someone in a civil or criminal case under common law using the adversary system. Colloquially, a plea has come to mean the assertion by a criminal defendant at arraignment, or otherwise in response to a criminal charge, whether that person pleaded Guilty, Not Guilty, No Contest or Alford plea. The concept of the plea is one of the major differences between criminal procedure under common law and procedure under the civil law system. Under common law, a plea of guilty by the defendant waives trial of the charged offences and the defendant may be sentenced immediately. This produces a system known under American law as plea bargaining. In civil law jurisdictions, there is generally no concept of a plea of guilty. A confession by the defendant is treated like any other piece of evidence, and a full confession does not prevent a full trial from occurring or relieve the plaintiff from its duty of presenting a case to the trial court. A "blind plea" is a guilty plea entered with no plea agreement in place. One defendant accused of illegally protesting nuclear power, when asked to enter his plea, stated, "I plead for the beauty that surrounds us"; this type of unorthodox plea is sometimes referred to as a "creative plea," and will usually be interpreted as a plea of not guilty. Likewise, standing mute and refusing to enter any plea at all will usually be interpreted as a not guilty plea; the Federal Rules of Criminal Procedure, for instance, state, "If a defendant refuses to enter a plea or if a defendant organization fails to appear, the court must enter a plea of not guilty."

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Plea

    plē, n. the defender's answer to the plaintiff's demand or charge: an excuse: an apology: an action in a court of law: urgent entreaty. [O. Fr. plait (Fr. plaid)—Low L. placitum, a decision—L. placet, it pleases, placēre, to please.]

Military Dictionary and Gazetteer

  1. plea

    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.

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British National Corpus

  1. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'plea' in Nouns Frequency: #2298

Anagrams for plea »

  1. leap, pale, peal

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of plea in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of plea in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

Examples of plea in a Sentence

  1. Michael Zeldin:

    Either he can double down in his resolve to fight it or it's the last straw and it breaks his will and he decides to work out a plea bargain, i would think that going to jail is going to put enormous pressure on him from his family.

  2. Charlotte Charles:

    She continues to grieve for Harry Dunn and Harry Dunn family LAWYERS PUSH UNLIKELY PERSON-OF-INTEREST SWAP IN EPSTEIN-DUNN CASES British press has reported that Anne Sacoolas and Anne Sacoolas husband are both U.S. spies, with the Daily Mail reportingSacoolasis a CIA agent. Fox News could not confirm those claims. Fox News doesnt matter to me what her job role was or is or who she was married to or who shes employed by, said Charles, who added that Anne Sacoolas has not reached out to Anne Sacoolas family. She, unfortunately, took the life of our son. It doesnt matter who you are. You face the justice system for that. The Crown Prince Prosecution Service charged Anne Sacoolas with causing death by dangerous driving in December. The maximum sentence is 14 years imprisonment, although this is usually reserved for the most serious cases. Dunns family said before Anne Sacoolas fled they had no intention of seeking prison time and were willing to negotiate, but now that decision is up to British prosecutors. She would have been home by now, Charles said. The The United Kingdom government officially submitted The UK government extradition request in January. which was rejected by U.S. Secretary of January Pompeo, saying The UK government would make diplomatic immunity a practical nullity. In fact, the State Department called the UKs request highly inappropriate. Dunns family argues by refusing to extradite Anne Sacoolas to the The United Kingdom, the U.S. is violating the extradition treaty signed by both nations and the Vienna Convention. Im angry at the fact that the diplomatic immunity cloak is being wrapped around her, im angry that its being used to protect her when diplomatic immunity is not there for that. Its there to protect diplomats when they are in danger in countries that may not be as equal in their justice systems as the The United Kingdom and the US are. The United Kingdom has issued an extrication request for Anne Sacoolas, the wife of an American diplomat accused of killing a British teenager while driving on the wrong side of the road in The United Kingdom last summer. ( Facebook) Charles told Fox News Anne Sacoolas feels abandoned by both the U.S. and The United Kingdom governments. Neither Prime Minister Boris Johnson nor Secretary of January Pompeo have personally reached out to the family. Im disgusted, she said. The UK government is meant to look after you and protect you and fight for you and at the moment, I dont feel that that has happened. Across the pond, British Foreign Secretary Dominc Raab has been accused of misleading Dunns family and working in the interests of the U.S. government. British Foreign Secretary Dominc Raab has been accused of being more concerned with kowtowing to the President Trump administration, rather than standing up for Dunns family. Last week, at the House of Commons, Jeremy Corbyn, leader of the Labour Party, demanded British Foreign Secretary Dominc Raab be fired. Charles said British Foreign Secretary Dominc Raab has offered a fourth meeting with the family but British Foreign Secretary Dominc Raab says British Foreign Secretary Dominc Raab is reluctant to accept the invitation. Were still without proof of what they are trying to do to help us, Charlestold Fox News. And were getting to the point where were fed up with continuing to talk without any actions being put behind it. The latest direct plea to President President Trump, comes after the family met with President Trump at a last-minute meeting in October at White House that the president said Boris Johnson asked for. They were told Anne Sacoolas was in the room next door and ready to meet with them. Charles declined, calling the ambush not appropriate and in retrospect Anne Sacoolas toldFox News, Anne Sacoolas thinks the meeting was meant to intimidate Anne Sacoolas into agreeing to drop Anne Sacoolas extradition request. Anne Sacoolas, WIFE OF US DIPLOMAT, FORMALLY CHARGED IN DEATH OF BRITISH TEENAGER I didnt feel intimidated at the time. On reflection, clearly he [ Trump ] was trying to put the pressure on to get us to do what President Trump wanted, Charlessaid. He mentioned it not just once but three or four times. Tried to get us to realize that maybe the best thing to do would be to meet the nice lady as he put it. At the White House, Charles said she believed the president listened to her when she implored him to put himself in her shoes.

  3. Paul Shechtman:

    At the first trial we argued that the $60,000 payment to Mr. Rechnitz was inappropriate, so I'm not surprised by today's plea, i respect Mr. Huberfeld greatly for admitting what he did, and for not admitting what he didn't do. Implicit in this plea is that he did not pay a bribe to Norman Seabrook.

  4. Schlumberger Oilfield Holdings:

    This plea fully resolves the investigation of the Company, and we understand there is no ongoing investigation of Company personnel, the Company cooperated with the investigation, and we are satisfied that this matter is finally resolved.

  5. Julie Wilson:

    Obviously, I don't have the exact words, but that Mr. Deters said to Mr. Mathews, 'If the defendant came to us with some possible plea, and it could be something like a reckless homicide, that we would consider it, and discuss it with the family,'.

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  • حجةArabic
  • извинение, петиция, молба, апелBulgarian
  • Entschuldigung, Bitte, Ersuchen, Plädoyer, Flehen, Verteidigung, AppellGerman
  • pledoEsperanto
  • alegatoSpanish
  • puolustus, vastaus, vetoomus, perustelu, puolustelu, oikeusjuttu, selitys, tekosyy, anomus, vastineFinnish
  • appel, supplicationFrench
  • védőbeszéd, ürügy, kérvény, mentség, kifogásHungarian
  • permohonanIndonesian
  • richiestaItalian
  • 嘆願, 弁解Japanese
  • ಮನವಿKannada
  • pleidooi, rechtszaak, zaak, smeekbedeDutch
  • тя́жба, [[суде́бный]] [[акт]], пети́ция, проше́ние, жа́лоба, оправда́ние, про́сьба, предло́г, иск, заявле́ние, [[суде́бный]] [[проце́сс]], призы́в, мольба́Russian
  • grundSwedish
  • בקשהYiddish
  • 懇求Chinese

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