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plea

noun [C] uk   /pliː/ us  

plea noun [C] (REQUEST)

C2 formal an urgent and emotional request: He made a plea for help/mercy.
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plea noun [C] (STATEMENT)

specialized law the answer that a person gives in court when they have been accused of committing a crime: Mr Wilson entered a plea of not guilty.
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