What does plea mean?

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. supplication, plea(noun)

    a humble request for help from someone in authority

  2. plea(noun)

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

  3. plea(noun)

    an answer indicating why a suit should be dismissed


  1. plea(Noun)

    An appeal, petition, urgent prayer or entreaty.

    a plea for mercy

  2. plea(Noun)

    An excuse; an apology.

  3. plea(Noun)

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

  4. plea(Noun)

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

  5. plea(Noun)

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

  6. plea(Noun)

    The defendantu2019s answer to the plaintiffu2019s declaration and demand.

  7. plea(Noun)

    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. Plea(noun)

    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

  2. Plea(noun)

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

  3. Plea(noun)

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

  4. Plea(noun)

    an urgent prayer or entreaty

  5. Origin: [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.]


  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.]

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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

  2. Peal


  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

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Shannon Smith:

    The plea was negotiated only to resolve the federal charges.

  2. Roland Riopelle:

    If there's no crime there, that's a good reason to withdraw your plea.

  3. Crawford County:

    I think the biggest issue is a plea allows closure, it severely limits any appeals.

  4. John Lauro:

    It may be very well be that he makes a strategic decision to keep the plea in place because he has other issues.

  5. William Pitt:

    Necessity is the plea for every infringement of human freedom. It is the argument of tyrants it is the creed of slaves.

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Translations for plea

From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary

  • 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
  • richiestaItalian
  • 嘆願, 弁解Japanese
  • 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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