special pleading noun
: 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
: misleading argument that presents one point or phase as if it covered the entire question at issue
First Known Use of SPECIAL PLEADING
Seen & Heard
What made you want to look up special pleading? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).