When you are very thirsty and you beg for a drink desperately, this is an example of a plea.
"Not guilty" is an example of a plea made by a defendant who does not wish to admit guilt for the crime for which he is accused.
Spoke out in a plea for greater tolerance.
Entered a plea of not guilty.
A plea of not guilty.
Other Word Forms
Origin of plea
- Middle English plai lawsuit from Old French plai, plaid from Late Latin placitum decree from Latin from neuter past participle of placēre to please plāk-1 in Indo-European roots
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition