Definition of plea
- left early with the plea of a headache
- their plea for understanding must be answered
We are making a plea to all companies to stop polluting the environment.
The defendant entered a plea of not guilty.
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: 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
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