US: /ˈpɫi/
UK: /plˈiː/

English Vietnamese dictionary

plea /pli:/
  • danh từ
    • (pháp lý) lời tự bào chữa, lời tự biện hộ (của bị cáo); sự cãi, sự biện hộ (cho bị cáo)
      • to submit the plea that...: tự bào chữa (biện hộ) rằng...
    • sự yêu cầu, sự cầu xin
      • a plea for mercy: sự xin khoan dung
    • cớ
      • on the plea of: lấy cớ là
    • (sử học) việc kiện, sự tố tụng

Advanced English dictionary

+ noun
1 (formal) ~ (for sth) an urgent emotional request: She made an impassioned plea for help. + a plea to industries to stop pollution + He refused to listen to her tearful pleas.
2 (law) a statement made by sb or for sb who is accused of a crime: a plea of guilty / not guilty + to enter / offer a guilty plea
3 ~ of sth (law) a reason given to a court of law for doing or not doing sth: He was charged with murder, but got off on a plea of insanity.

Thesaurus dictionary

1 request, entreaty, appeal, petition, supplication, suit, cry, solicitation:
Teenagers' mischievous behaviour is an earnest plea for attention.
2 answer, defence, argument:
She entered a plea of 'not guilty' to the charge.
3 excuse, reason, explanation, justification; pretext:
His plea was that he had not received the bill and therefore couldn't pay it.

Collocation dictionary

1 request


desperate, dramatic, strong, urgent | heartfelt, impassioned, passionate | repeated | personal


make | ignore


despite a/the ~, in spite of a/the ~
Despite pleas from his mother, the gunman refused to give himself up.
| ~ by/from
Hospital visiting hours were extended in response to pleas from patients.
| ~ for
The director of the charity made an impassioned plea for help.

2 statement in court


guilty | not guilty


enter | hear | change | accept, sustain
The prosecution accepted a plea of manslaughter.
| support | reject


bargain, bargaining


~ for
A senior judge heard a plea for damages on behalf of the accident victims.
| ~ of
Her solicitor entered a plea of guilty on her behalf.

Concise English dictionary

+a humble request for help from someone in authority
+(law) a defendant's answer by a factual matter (as distinguished from a demurrer)
+an answer indicating why a suit should be dismissed