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Definition 1: an answer indicating why a suit should be dismissed - [noun denoting act]

(plea is a kind of ...) (law) the administration of justice according to established rules and principles; based on the principle that a person cannot be deprived of life or liberty or property without appropriate legal procedures and safeguards

(... is part of plea) (law) the determination of a person's innocence or guilt by due process of law

"he had a fair trial and the jury found him guilty" "most of these complaints are settled before they go to trial"

(plea belongs to category ...) the collection of rules imposed by authority

"civilization presupposes respect for the law" "the great problem for jurisprudence to allow freedom while enforcing order"

Definition 2: a humble request for help from someone in authority - [noun denoting communication]

Synonyms for plea in the sense of this definition

(plea is a kind of ...) earnest or urgent request

"an entreaty to stop the fighting" "an appeal for help" "an appeal to the public to keep calm"

Definition 3: (law) a defendant's answer by a factual matter (as distinguished from a demurrer) - [noun denoting communication]

(plea is a kind of ...) the principal pleading by the defendant in response to plaintiff's complaint; in criminal law it consists of the defendant's plea of `guilty' or `not guilty' (or nolo contendere); in civil law it must contain denials of all allegations in the plaintiff's complaint that the defendant hopes to controvert and it can contain affirmative defenses or counterclaims

(... is a kind of plea ) a plaintiff's reply to a defendant's plea

(... is a kind of plea ) a plea that delays the action without settling the cause of action; it can challenge the jurisdiction or claim disability of the defendant etc. (such defenses are usually raised in the defendant's answer)

(... is a kind of plea ) (criminal law) a plea in which the defendant claims innocence due to mental incompetence at the time

(plea belongs to category ...) the collection of rules imposed by authority

"civilization presupposes respect for the law" "the great problem for jurisprudence to allow freedom while enforcing order"

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