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special plea

noun, Law.
1.
a plea that alleges special or new matter as an answer to the allegations made by the opposite side and not as a denial of them.
Origin
1710-1720
1710-20
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  • If you are making a special plea, your justification has to be pretty good.
  • The next phase involved the development of a special plea court for parole violators.

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