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special pleading

Law. pleading that alleges special or new matter in avoidance of the allegations made by the opposite side.
pleading or arguing that ignores unfavorable features of a case.
Origin of special pleading
1675-85 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • She isn't great-her achievement is too hermetic-but she's real and in need of no special pleading.
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  • There is an uncomfortable whiff of special pleading about this argument.
  • Trustbusters are rightly wary of special pleading on behalf of banking or other industries.
  • Wishful thinking and theological special pleading aren't going to alter reality.
  • For a homeopathic preparation to be taken seriously, it has to stand on its merits, not on any special pleading.
  • It would take special pleading to say that eugenics is impossible.
  • Her grasp of the history of the region is minute, vivid and sympathetic, without special pleading.
British Dictionary definitions for special pleading

special pleading

noun (law)
a pleading that alleges new facts that offset those put forward by the other side rather than directly admitting or denying those facts
a pleading that emphasizes the favourable aspects of a case while omitting the unfavourable
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