special pleading definition by Webster's New World
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- Law a pleading which is more than a mere denial of the charges or allegations, as one introducing new matter justifying an otherwise culpable act
- an argument or presentation that leaves out what is unfavorable and develops only what is favorable to the case
special pleading definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- Law Assertion of new or special matter to offset the opposing party's allegations, as an alternative to direct denial.
- A presentation of an argument that emphasizes only a favorable or single aspect of the question at issue.