Crossword clues for plea
- Statement to a judge
- "Spare me!," e.g.
- Bit of begging
- Courtroom statement
- Fund-raising letter, basically
- Response to a charge
- Nolo contendere, for one
- Self-defense, e.g.
- S O S, e.g.
- S.O.S., in essence
- Video from a kidnappee's family, e.g.
- "Help!," e.g.
- "S O S," e.g.
- Subject of some bargaining
- ___ bargain
- Heartfelt request
- "No more!," e.g.
- Court position
- Court claim
- "Have mercy!," e.g.
- Cop a ___
- Answer to a judge
- Subject of a court bargain
- Defendant's declaration
- "Don't shoot!," e.g.
- "Nolo contendere," e.g.
- "Help me, Obi-Wan Kenobi," e.g.
- "S O S!," e.g.
- Earnest request
- "Don't go!," e.g.
- Court stance
- Message from the Red Cross, maybe
- "Save yourself!," e.g.
- "Spare me!," for one
- Sentence shortener, at times
- "Listen!," e.g.
- Humble request for help
- (law) a defendant's answer by a factual matter (as distinguished from a demurrer)
- An answer indicating why a suit should be dismissed
- No contest, e.g.
- "Not guilty by reason of insanity," e.g.
- "Not guilty," e.g.
- "Remember the neediest," e.g.
- Something to cop
- Tell it to the judge
- Courtroom bargain
- Emotional request
- A prisoner may enter one
- It may be entered in a court
- "Save me!," e.g.
- "Guilty," e.g.
- "No contest," for one
- "Don't hurt me!," for one
- Arraignment offering
- "Nolo," e.g.
- Courtroom entry
- Fund-raising letter, e.g.
- "Have mercy on me!," e.g.
- "Let me go!" e.g.
- Not guilty, e.g.
- "Put me in, coach!," e.g.
- "Not guilty," for one
- Court statement
- "Don't hurt me!," e.g.
- Nolo contendere, e.g.
- Bargaining factor
- "Nolo," for instance
- Answer to a charge
- S O S, basically
- "Guilty" or "not guilty"
- Many a prayer
- "Do it just for me," e.g.
- "Give me another chance," e.g.
Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
The Collaborative International Dictionary
Plea \Plea\, n. [OE. plee, plai, plait, fr. OF. plait, plaid, plet, LL. placitum judgment, decision, assembly, court, fr. L. placitum that which is pleasing, an opinion, sentiment, from placere to please. See Please, and cf. Placit, Plead.]
(Law) That which is alleged by a party in support of his cause; in a stricter sense, an allegation of fact in a cause, as distinguished from a demurrer; in a still more limited sense, and in modern practice, the defendant's answer to the plaintiff's declaration and demand. That which the plaintiff alleges in his declaration is answered and repelled or justified by the defendant's plea. In chancery practice, a plea is a special answer showing or relying upon one or more things as a cause why the suit should be either dismissed, delayed, or barred. In criminal practice, the plea is the defendant's formal answer to the indictment or information presented against him.
(Law) A cause in court; a lawsuit; as, the Court of Common Pleas. See under Common.
The Supreme Judicial Court shall have cognizance of pleas real, personal, and mixed.
--Laws of Massachusetts.
That which is alleged or pleaded, in defense or in justification; an excuse; an apology. ``Necessity, the tyrant's plea.''
No plea must serve; 't is cruelty to spare.
An urgent prayer or entreaty.
Pleas of the crown (Eng. Law), criminal actions.
Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary
early 13c., "lawsuit," from Anglo-French plai (late 12c.), Old French plait "lawsuit, decision, decree" (9c.), from Medieval Latin placitum "lawsuit," in classical Latin, "opinion, decree," literally "that which pleases, thing which is agreed upon," properly neuter past participle of placere (see please). Sense development seems to be from "something pleasant," to "something that pleases both sides," to "something that has been decided." Meaning "a pleading, an agreement in a suit" is attested from late 14c. Plea-bargaining is first attested 1963. Common pleas (early 13c.) originally were legal proceedings over which the Crown did not claim exclusive jurisdiction (as distinct from pleas of the Crown); later "actions brought by one subject against another."
n. 1 An appeal, petition, urgent prayer or entreaty. 2 An excuse; an apology. 3 That which is alleged or pleaded, in defense or in justification. 4 (context legal English) That which is alleged by a party in support of his cause. 5 (context legal English) An allegation of fact in a cause, as distinguished from a demurrer. 6 (context legal English) The defendant’s answer to the plaintiff’s declaration and demand. 7 (context legal English) A cause in court; a lawsuit; as, the Court of Common Pleas. See under Common.
n. 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
In legal terms, a plea is simply an answer to a claim made by someone in a criminal case under common law using the adversarial system. Colloquially, a plea has come to mean the assertion by a defendant at arraignment, or otherwise in response to a criminal charge, whether that person pleaded guilty, not guilty, no contest or (in the United States) Alford plea.
The concept of the plea is one of the major differences between criminal procedure under common law and procedure under the civil law system. Under common law, a plea of guilty by the defendant waives trial of the charged offences and the defendant may be sentenced immediately. This produces a system known under American law as plea bargaining.
In civil law jurisdictions, there is generally no concept of a plea of guilty. A confession by the defendant is treated like any other piece of evidence, and a full confession does not prevent a full trial from occurring or relieve the plaintiff(s) from its duty of presenting a case to the trial court.
A "blind plea" is a guilty plea entered with no plea agreement in place. One defendant accused of illegally protesting nuclear power, when asked to enter his plea, stated, "I plead for the beauty that surrounds us"; this type of unorthodox plea is sometimes referred to as a "creative plea," and will usually be interpreted as a plea of not guilty. Likewise, standing mute and refusing to enter any plea at all will usually be interpreted as a not guilty plea; the Federal Rules of Criminal Procedure, for instance, state, "If a defendant refuses to enter a plea or if a defendant organization fails to appear, the court must enter a plea of not guilty."
Usage examples of "plea".
Parents who are sensitive to this unstated plea and who, through acts of love, concern, restraint, and respect, demonstrate repeatedly It Is You We Care About will find the years of adolescence can produce rewards and surprises far beyond their expectations.
Gaelic song, in the Minor Key, deep and throbbing and full of patient despair and ambitionless longing-he had the Irish fiddle sound in it, the hoarse dark harmony of the lower strings played together in a plea that sounded more purely human than any sound made by child, man or woman.
His wisdom shone forth in an oration so persuasive and aphoristic that had it not been based on a plea against honour, it would have made Sir Austin waver.
In August, even the Ayatollah Khomeini, who had resisted all previous pleas to end the war, was forced to concede that Iran could not fight both Iraq and the United States any longer.
Now has Bertrand made his plea and complaint to the emperor in the hearing of all, but they consider him an idle babbler because he says that he has seen the empress stark naked.
Clipping the beeper safely to his belt, Nathan presses thumb and forefinger, his messages flying off to wherever they fly, to message heaven, the graveyard of electronically snubbed pleas and particles of undesired need.
After dinner I went out on the plea of business, and, taking the first coach I came across, in a quarter of an hour I succeeded in renting a first floor window in excellent position for three louis.
I was crafty enough to take no notice of him, and so far from giving up my plea, I only thought how I could put it on good train.
R heard my statement he said he could neither keep him in prison nor drive him out of the town unless I laid a plea before him, craving protection against this man, whom I believed to have come to Lugano with the purpose of assassinating me.
Governor Clarke, on the plea of retaliating Spanish outrages, gave letters of marque to several privateers, including Coxon, the same famous chief who in 1680 had led the buccaneers into the South Seas.
Casey was not only warning Cozy about upcoming retribution for the horn thing, she was also thanking him for being so responsive to her urgent plea for help on a weekend night.
He stated that he was coerced, forced to confess to the crimes, and possibly drugged before entering a plea of guilty.
He seemed to address the plea to some invisible deva rather than to anyone present.
He had no wish to see the duologue, and it was only after the loss of much precious time that Jimmy was enabled to tear himself away on the plea of having to dress.
The emancipists, for obvious reasons, tended to be convicts, former convicts, or the children of convicts, and consequently had difficulty getting the authorities to listen to their pleas for equal treatment.