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plea

 
 
pronunciation:
pli
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part of speech: noun
definition 1: an earnest request or appeal.
The bully ignored the child's pleas for mercy and kept rubbing snow in his face.The congresswoman's eloquent plea for peace led several representatives to vote against the military action.
synonyms:
appeal, entreaty, prayer
similar words:
cry, petition, request, supplication
definition 2: an excuse.
He made a plea of fatigue.
synonyms:
alibi, defense, excuse, justification
similar words:
apologia, apology, explanation, pretext, reason
definition 3: a formal statement in a court of law, made by or in the interest of the defendant.
similar words:
apologia, appeal, defense
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