alternative pleading
alternative pleading see pleading 1

Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary of Law. . 1996.

alternative pleading
n.
A form of pleading in which the pleader sets forth two or more different and possibly inconsistent versions of his or her claim or defense.

The Essential Law Dictionary. — Sphinx Publishing, An imprint of Sourcebooks, Inc. . 2008.


alternative pleading
A legal fiction in which a pleader alleges two or more legal claims which are inconsistent with each other. For example, someone hurt in an accident can plead that the other party was negligent or ran into him intentionally. Or in a criminal trial, a defendant may plead not guilty and not guilty by reason of insanity (in which there is the implied admission that the defendant committed the act). (See also: pleading)
Category: Small Claims Court & Lawsuits

Nolo’s Plain-English Law Dictionary. . 2009.


alternative pleading

Webster's New World Law Dictionary. . 2000.

alternative pleading
n.
   a legal fiction in which a party to a lawsuit or a defendant charged with a crime can plead two ways which are inconsistent with each other. Examples: a) someone hurt in an accident can plead that the other party was negligent or ran into him intentionally. b) "not guilty" and "not guilty by reason of insanity" (in which there is the implied admission that the defendant committed the act).

Law dictionary. . 2013.

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