special plea

special plea
noun
: a plea (as of infancy, statute of limitations or of frauds, discharge in bankruptcy or release) alleging new and affirmative matter as a defense without denying any allegations of the opponent : a plea in bar or in avoidance of what opponent alleges

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Law.
a plea that alleges special or new matter as an answer to the allegations made by the opposite side and not as a denial of them.
[1710-20]

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special plea,
Law. a plea which does not answer the charge, but alleges some new fact on the basis of which the suit should be delayed or dismissed.

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  • special plea — A plea by the accused in a criminal case other than a plea of guilty or not guilty. 21 Am J2d Crim L §§ 458 et seq. See special pleading …   Ballentine's law dictionary

  • special plea — Law. a plea that alleges special or new matter as an answer to the allegations made by the opposite side and not as a denial of them. [1710 20] * * * …   Universalium

  • special plea in bar — a plea in bar admitting the facts alleged but avoiding the action by setting forth particular and new matter distinguished from general issue; compare issue 6a …   Useful english dictionary

  • Special — Spe cial, a. [L. specialis, fr. species a particular sort, kind, or quality: cf. F. sp[ e]cial. See {Species}, and cf. {Especial}.] 1. Of or pertaining to a species; constituting a species or sort. [1913 Webster] A special is called by the… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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