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plea

noun [C]  /pli/ us  

plea noun [C] (REQUEST)

an urgent and emotional request: The president made a strong plea to Congress to vote on the health-care bill.

plea noun [C] (STATEMENT)

law the answer that a person gives in court to the accusation of having committed a crime: He received a sentence of 5 to 10 years for his guilty plea to the robbery charge.
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