Plea - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |pliː|  American pronunciation of the word plea
Brit.  |pliː|  British pronunciation of the word plea


- a humble request for help from someone in authority (syn: supplication)
- (law) a defendant's answer by a factual matter (as distinguished from a demurrer)
- an answer indicating why a suit should be dismissed


We are making a plea to all companies to stop polluting the environment.

The defendant entered a plea of not guilty.

Caldwell made a plea for donations.

The parents made an emotional plea to their child's kidnappers.

Adams entered a plea of 'not guilty'.

He refused the appointment on a plea of illness.

We were moved by his passionate plea for forgiveness. response to a desperate plea, we handed over all our extra blankets and pillows to the homeless shelter... be effectual, a judge must homologate the plea bargain between the district attorney and the defense... impassioned plea for justice...

...a mawkish plea for donations to the charity...

I could see a mute plea for help in his eyes.

The second plea of the defender ought to be repelled.

Dunn copped a plea to avoid going to jail.

Wilson entered a plea of not guilty (=said that he was not guilty at the beginning of a court case).

Word forms

singular: plea
plural: pleas
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