Special pleading

Definition of Special pleading

(Law) the allegation of special or new matter, as distingiushed from a direct denial of matter previously alleged on the side.
The popular denomination of the whole science of pleading.
- Bouvier.
The phrase is sometimes popularly applied to the specious, but unsound, argumentation of one whose aim is victory, and not truth.
- Stephen.

See also: Special Special Special

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