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noun [countable] plea pronunciation in British English /pliː/ 
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singularplea
pluralpleas
  1. 1
    an urgent or emotional request for something
    plea for:

    The police ignored her pleas for help.

    make a plea:

    The boy's parents have made an emotional plea for him to come home.

  2. 2
    legal a statement that someone makes in a court of law to say whether they are guilty of a crime or not

    a guilty/not guilty plea

    enter a plea of something:

    He entered a plea of not guilty to charges of manslaughter.

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