plea

  • 1 plea — / plē/ n [Anglo French plei plai legal action, trial, from Old French plait plaid, from Medieval Latin placitum, from Latin, decision, decree, from neuter of placitus, past participle of placēre to please, be decided] 1 a: an allegation of fact… …

    Law dictionary

  • 2 plea — [pliː] noun [countable usually singular] LAW a statement by someone in a court of law, saying whether they are guilty of a crime or not: • Your honor, we enter (= make ) a plea of not guilty . * * …

    Financial and business terms

  • 3 plea — [pli:] n [Date: 1200 1300; : Old French; Origin: plait, plaid, from Latin placitum decision , from placere; PLEASE2] 1.) a request that is urgent or full of emotion plea for ▪ a plea for help ▪ Caldwell made a plea for donations …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 4 Plea — Plea, n. [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.… …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 5 plea — [ pli ] noun count ** 1. ) an urgent or emotional request for something: plea for: The police ignored her pleas for help. make a plea: The boy s parents have made an emotional plea for him to come home. 2. ) LEGAL a statement that someone makes… …

    Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • 6 Plea — bezeichnet: eine Wanze namens Plea minutissima, Plea leachi oder Plea atomaria, deutsch Wasserzwerg in angloamerikanisch geprägten Strafprozessen ein Bekenntnis des Angeklagten auf „schuldig“ (guilty plea) oder „nicht schuldig“ (not guilty plea) …

    Deutsch Wikipedia

  • 7 plea — [plē] n. [ME plai < OFr plaid, suit, plea < L placitum, opinion, order, orig. that which is pleasing, orig. neut. pp. of placere, to PLEASE] 1. a statement in defense or justification; excuse 2. an earnest and urgent request; appeal;… …

    English World dictionary

  • 8 plea — (n.) early 13c., lawsuit, from Anglo Fr. plai (late 12c.), O.Fr. plait lawsuit, decision, decree (9c.), from M.L. placitum lawsuit, in classical Latin, opinion, decree, lit. that which pleases, thing which is agreed upon, properly neuter pp. of… …

    Etymology dictionary

  • 9 plea — [n1] begging request appeal, application, entreaty, imploration, imprecation, intercession, orison, overture, petition, prayer, round robin*, solicitation, suit, supplication; concept 662 Ant. answer, reply plea [n2] excuse, defense action, alibi …

    New thesaurus

  • 10 Plea — Plea, Gattung der Wanzenart Notonectides …

    Pierer's Universal-Lexikon

  • 11 plea — 1 *apology, apologia, excuse, pretext, alibi Analogous words: explanation, justification, rationalization (see corresponding verbs at EXPLAIN): defense, vindication (see corresponding verbs at MAINTAIN) 2 *prayer, suit, petition, appeal Analogous …

    New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • 12 plea — ► NOUN 1) a request made in an urgent and emotional manner. 2) Law a formal statement by or on behalf of a defendant, stating guilt or innocence in response to a charge, offering an allegation of fact, or claiming that a point of law should apply …

    English terms dictionary

  • 13 Plea — For the pygmy backswimmer genus, see Plea (insect). 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 …

    Wikipedia

  • 14 plea — In common law pleading (now obsolete with adoption of Rules of Civil Procedure) a pleading; any one in the series of pleadings. More particularly, the first pleading on the part of the defendant. In the strictest sense, the answer which the… …

    Black's law dictionary

  • 15 plea — noun 1 request ADJECTIVE ▪ desperate, strong, urgent ▪ emotional, heartfelt, impassioned, passionate ▪ She made an emotional plea for her daugh …

    Collocations dictionary

  • 16 plea — n. 1) to enter, make, put forward a plea 2) to answer, respond to a plea 3) to deny, reject a plea 4) (slang) to cop a plea ( to plead guilty to a lesser charge ) 5) an ardent, fervent, impassioned, moving, passionate; urgent plea 6) (to enter) a …

    Combinatory dictionary

  • 17 plea — coun·ter·plea; in·ter·plea; plea; plea·sur·abil·i·ty; plea·sur·able; plea·sur·able·ness; plea·sur·ably; plea·sure·ful; plea·sure·less; plea·sur·er; plea·sure; …

    English syllables

  • 18 plea — [[t]pli͟ː[/t]] pleas 1) N COUNT: oft N for n, N to inf A plea is an appeal or request for something, made in an intense or emotional way. [JOURNALISM] Mr Nicholas made his emotional plea for help in solving the killing. ...an impassioned plea to… …

    English dictionary

  • 19 plea */*/ — UK [pliː] / US [plɪ] noun [countable] Word forms plea : singular plea plural pleas 1) an urgent or emotional request for something plea for: The police ignored her pleas for help. make a plea: The boy s parents have made an emotional plea for him …

    English dictionary

  • 20 plea — 01. Aid workers have issued a [plea] for food and blankets to help survivors of the earthquake. 02. The defendant [pleaded] not guilty to the charge of murder. 03. I [pleaded] with my father for months to let me come to Ireland to study English.… …

    Grammatical examples in English