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spe·cial plead·ing

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. special pleadingnoun

    an argument that ignores all unfavorable evidence

  2. special pleadingnoun

    (law) a pleading that alleges new facts in avoidance of the opposing allegations


  1. special pleading

    Special pleading is a rhetorical technique and logical fallacy where a person applies rules and standards to others while exempting themselves or their interests without providing a proper justification. Special pleading often involves assertion of a claim's immunity to the normal standards of critical scrutiny or proof because of some ostensibly exceptional characteristics.


  1. Special pleading

    Special pleading is a form of spurious argument where a position in a dispute introduces favourable details or excludes unfavourable details by alleging a need to apply additional considerations without proper criticism of these considerations. Essentially, this involves someone attempting to cite something as an exemption to a generally accepted rule, principle, etc. without justifying the exemption. The lack of criticism may be a simple oversight or an application of a double standard.

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  1. special pleading

    Read the full text of the Special Pleading poem by Edith Nesbit on the Poetry.com website.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of special pleading in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of special pleading in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7


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