Simple Definition of plea
: a serious and emotional request for something
law : a statement in which a person who has been accused of a crime says in court that he or she is guilty or not guilty of the crime
: a statement in which a person says that he or she is guilty of a particular crime : a plea of guilty
Full Definition of plea
1 : a legal suit or action
2 : an allegation made by a party in support of a cause: as a : an allegation of fact — compare demurrer b (1) : a defendant's answer to a plaintiff's declaration in common-law practice (2) : an accused person's answer to a charge or indictment in criminal practice c : a plea of guilty to an indictment
3 : something offered by way of excuse or justification <left early with the plea of a headache>
4 : an earnest entreaty : appeal <their plea for understanding must be answered>
Examples of plea
We are making a plea to all companies to stop polluting the environment.
The defendant entered a plea of not guilty.
Origin of plea
Middle English ple, plede, from Anglo-French plai, pleit from Medieval Latin placitum, from Latin, decision, decree, from neuter of placitus, past participle of placēre to please, be decided — more at please
First Known Use: 13th century
Synonym Discussion of plea
Rhymes with plea
b, be, bee, c, cay, cee, Cree, d, dee, Dee, dree, e, fee, flea, flee, free, g, gee, ghee, glee, gree, he, key, Key, knee, lea, lee, me, mi, p, pea, pee, pree, quay, re, Rhee, scree, sea, see, she, si, ski, spree, sri, t, tea, tee, the, thee, three, ti, tree, twee, Twi, v, vee, we, wee, whee, ye, z, zee
PLEA Defined for Kids
Definition of plea
1 : an earnest appeal <The prisoner made a plea for mercy.>
2 : something offered as a defense or excuse
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