special pleading

noun
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:
1675–85

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special pleading
 
n
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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Example sentences
She isn't great-her achievement is too hermetic-but she's real and in need of
  no special pleading.
Let's not get mired down in a discussion and special pleading over the increase
  in technology costs.
But near-incoherent writing is what it is, and not exempt from criticism
  because of special pleading.
There is an obvious element of special pleading in such calculations.
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