Adjective "plea" definition and examples

(Plea may not be an adjective, but it can be used as an adjective, click here to find out.)



Definitions and examples


A request made in an urgent and emotional manner.
  1. 'The father of a missing Yorkshire woman has made an emotional plea for information about his daughter who vanished three weeks ago.'
  2. 'She made an emotional plea to Wiltshire County Council to fund a bypass.'
  3. 'But police have made an urgent plea for help in ensuring dealers from outside the area do not move in and take their place.'
  4. 'I think the Home Office should seriously reconsider his urgent plea for asylum forthwith.'
  5. 'An urgent plea has been made for cash help for a charity which provides a vital service for vulnerable residents across Tendring.'
  6. 'Parents have made emotional pleas for an under-threat school to be saved.'
  7. 'His emotional plea moved the students to organise a special blood-giving day at the beginning of the college year.'
  8. 'An urgent plea has been made to solve parking problems in a village before there is a serious accident.'
  9. 'A leading north west health expert has issued an urgent plea to food handlers who are suffering from colds to stay away from work.'
  10. 'The carnival is being organised by just four dedicated volunteers and Eileen, 62, has now made an urgent plea for help.'
  11. 'her plea of a headache was not entirely false'
  12. 'His attorneys moved on Wednesday to obtain a prompt hearing on his plea that he is legally entitled to release.'
A formal statement by or on behalf of a defendant or prisoner, stating guilt or innocence in response to a charge, offering an allegation of fact, or claiming that a point of law should apply.
  1. 'I have already said that I am not going to make a plea of diminished responsibility on the grounds of incapacity.'
  2. 'The defendants put forward a plea of justification, based on the issue of the writ itself.'
  3. 'The guilty plea of the accused to both charges laid against him is also mitigating.'

More definitions


1. an appeal or entreaty: a plea for mercy.

2. something that is alleged, urged, or pleaded in defense or justification.

3. an excuse; pretext: He begged off on the plea that his car wasn't working.

4. Law. an allegation made by, or on behalf of, a party to a legal suit, in support of his or her claim or defense. a defendant's answer to a legal declaration or charge. (in courts of equity) a plea that admits the truth of the declaration, but alleges special or new matter in avoidan


Middle English (in the sense ‘lawsuit’): from Old French plait, plaid ‘agreement, discussion’, from Latin placitum ‘a decree’, neuter past participle of placere ‘to please’.


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