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special pleading

noun

Definition of special pleading

  1. 1 :  the allegation of special or new matter to offset the effect of matter pleaded by the opposite side and admitted, as distinguished from a direct denial of the matter pleaded

  2. 2 :  misleading argument that presents one point or phase as if it covered the entire question at issue



1684

First Known Use of special pleading

1684


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