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"plea" in English

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pleanoun [ C ]

uk /pliː/ us /pliː/

(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 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.

(Definition of “plea” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"plea" in Business English

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pleanoun [ C ]

uk /pliː/ us

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 oil company has been convicted of a federal environmental crime in Alaska.
a plea of guilty/not guilty She entered a plea of not guilty in federal court Friday to multiple extortion and bribery charges.
enter/withdraw a plea Recent reforms will allow them to enter a plea of diminished political responsibility.

(Definition of “plea” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)