plea

noun
1 request
ADJECTIVE
desperate, strong, urgent
emotional, heartfelt, impassioned, passionate

She made an emotional plea for her daughter's killer to be caught.

repeated
final

a final plea for his life

personal
VERB + PLEA
make
issue
ignore
PREPOSITION
despite a/the plea

Despite pleas from his mother, the gunman refused to give himself up.

plea by, plea from

Hospital visiting hours were extended in response to pleas from patients.

plea for

The director of the charity made an impassioned plea for help.

2 statement in court
ADJECTIVE
guilty
not guilty
insanity (AmE)
VERB + PLEA
enter
hear
change
accept

The prosecution accepted a plea of manslaughter.

support (esp. BrE)

These facts cannot support a plea of diminished responsibility.

reject
PLEA + NOUN
bargain, bargaining (usually plea-bargaining)

They received suspended prison sentences after plea-bargaining by their lawyers.

agreement (AmE)

The terms of the plea agreements weren't disclosed.

PREPOSITION
plea for

A senior judge heard a plea for damages on behalf of the accident victims.

plea of

Her lawyer entered a plea of guilty on her behalf.

PHRASES
cop a plea (= admit in court to being guilty of a small crime in the hope of receiving less severe punishment for a more serious crime) (AmE, informal)

The feds said that if I didn't cop a plea, I'd get about 15 years.


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  • plea — / plē/ n [Anglo French plei plai legal action, trial, from Old French plait plaid, from Medieval Latin placitum, from Latin, decision, decree, from neuter of placitus, past participle of placēre to please, be decided] 1 a: an allegation of fact… …   Law dictionary

  • plea — [pliː] noun [countable usually singular] LAW a statement by someone in a court of law, saying whether they are guilty of a crime or not: • Your honor, we enter (= make ) a plea of not guilty . * * …   Financial and business terms

  • plea — [pli:] n [Date: 1200 1300; : Old French; Origin: plait, plaid, from Latin placitum decision , from placere; PLEASE2] 1.) a request that is urgent or full of emotion plea for ▪ a plea for help ▪ Caldwell made a plea for donations …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 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}.] 1.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • plea — [ pli ] noun count ** 1. ) an urgent or emotional request for something: plea for: The police ignored her pleas for help. make a plea: The boy s parents have made an emotional plea for him to come home. 2. ) LEGAL a statement that someone makes… …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • Plea — bezeichnet: eine Wanze namens Plea minutissima, Plea leachi oder Plea atomaria, deutsch Wasserzwerg in angloamerikanisch geprägten Strafprozessen ein Bekenntnis des Angeklagten auf „schuldig“ (guilty plea) oder „nicht schuldig“ (not guilty plea) …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • plea — [plē] n. [ME plai < OFr plaid, suit, plea < L placitum, opinion, order, orig. that which is pleasing, orig. neut. pp. of placere, to PLEASE] 1. a statement in defense or justification; excuse 2. an earnest and urgent request; appeal;… …   English World dictionary

  • plea — (n.) early 13c., lawsuit, from Anglo Fr. plai (late 12c.), O.Fr. plait lawsuit, decision, decree (9c.), from M.L. placitum lawsuit, in classical Latin, opinion, decree, lit. that which pleases, thing which is agreed upon, properly neuter pp. of… …   Etymology dictionary

  • plea — [n1] begging request appeal, application, entreaty, imploration, imprecation, intercession, orison, overture, petition, prayer, round robin*, solicitation, suit, supplication; concept 662 Ant. answer, reply plea [n2] excuse, defense action, alibi …   New thesaurus

  • Plea — Plea, Gattung der Wanzenart Notonectides …   Pierer's Universal-Lexikon

  • plea — 1 *apology, apologia, excuse, pretext, alibi Analogous words: explanation, justification, rationalization (see corresponding verbs at EXPLAIN): defense, vindication (see corresponding verbs at MAINTAIN) 2 *prayer, suit, petition, appeal Analogous …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

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