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"plea" in British English

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pleanoun [C]

uk   /pliː/  us   /pliː/
  • plea noun [C] (REQUEST)

C2 formal an ​urgent and ​emotionalrequest: He made a plea forhelp/​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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(Definition of plea from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"plea" in American English

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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

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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)
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