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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 British English

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pleanoun [C]

uk   /pliː/  us   /pliː/
  • 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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(Definition of plea from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © 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 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)
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