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.


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special pleading
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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