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plea

 
 
pronunciation:
pli
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part of speech: noun
definition 1: a serious or sincere call for help; appeal.
Everyone ignored the teacher's plea for silence.
synonyms:
appeal, prayer
similar words:
petition, request
definition 2: a statement given in a court of law by someone charged with breaking the law.
The man gave a plea of not guilty to the judge.
similar words:
appeal, defense
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