Special-pleading Definition

noun
Responsive pleading from a defendant that does not deny the factual allegations of the other party but argues that the defense is entitled to prevail, as in the justification of a killing being prosecuted as murder.
American Heritage
A pleading which is more than a mere denial of the charges or allegations, as one introducing new matter justifying an otherwise culpable act.
Webster's New World
An argument or presentation that leaves out what is unfavorable and develops only what is favorable to the case.
Webster's New World

Other Word Forms of Special-pleading

Noun

Singular:
special-pleading
Plural:
special pleadings

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