- 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. - A cause in court; a lawsuit; as, the Court of Common Pleas.
See under Common. - That which is alleged or pleaded, in defense or in
justification; an excuse; an apology. - An urgent prayer or entreaty.