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Meaning of special pleading

spe'cial plead'ing

Pronunciation: [key]
  1. pleading that alleges special or new matter in avoidance of the allegations made by the opposite side.
  2. pleading or arguing that ignores unfavorable features of a case.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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