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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
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nounThe American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th edition Copyright © 2010 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
- 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.