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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
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 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)