plea Meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary
Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

Meaning of “plea” in the English Dictionary

"plea" in British English

See all translations

pleanoun [C]

uk   us   /pliː/

plea noun [C] (REQUEST)

C2 formal an ​urgent and ​emotionalrequest: He made a plea forhelp/​mercy.
More examples

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.
More examples
(Definition of plea from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"plea" in American English

See all translations

pleanoun [C]

 us   /pli/

plea noun [C] (REQUEST)

an ​urgent and ​emotionalrequest: 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.
(Definition of plea from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"plea" in Business English

See all translations

pleanoun [C]

uk   us   /pliː/
LAW a ​statement made by someone in a ​court of ​law in which they say if they are guilty of something that they are ​accused of: a guilty/not guilty plea The guilty plea will ​mark the second ​time in eight ​years that the ​oilcompany has been convicted of a ​federalenvironmentalcrime in Alaska.a plea of guilty/not guilty She ​entered a plea of not guilty in ​federalcourt Friday to ​multipleextortion and ​briberycharges.enter/withdraw a plea Recent ​reforms will ​allow them to ​enter a plea of ​diminishedpoliticalresponsibility.
(Definition of plea from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
What is the pronunciation of plea?