declinatory plea

noun

Definition of declinatory plea

: a plea denying the court's jurisdiction especially : the plea of benefit of clergy or of sanctuary

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History and Etymology for declinatory plea

translation of Medieval Latin declinatoria exceptio

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“Declinatory plea.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/declinatory%20plea. Accessed 22 Jan. 2021.

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