plea in abatement
plea in abatement see plea

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

plea in abatement
A pleading by the defendant, as a response to a plaintiff's claim, where the defendant does not dispute the plaintiff's claims but objects to its form or the time or place where it is asserted, thereby having an excuse which a judge should consider because it could affect the judge's sentence.
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Nolo’s Plain-English Law Dictionary. . 2009.


plea in abatement
In common-law pleading, a response by the defendant that does not dispute the plaintiff's claim but objects to its form or the time or place where it is asserted.

Dictionary from West's Encyclopedia of American Law. 2005.


plea in abatement
In common-law pleading, a response by the defendant that does not dispute the plaintiff's claim but objects to its form or the time or place where it is asserted.

Short Dictionary of (mostly American) Legal Terms and Abbreviations.

plea in abatement
n.
   See also: plea

Law dictionary. . 2013.

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  • Plea in abatement — Abatement A*bate ment ( ment), n. [OF. abatement, F. abattement.] 1. The act of abating, or the state of being abated; a lessening, diminution, or reduction; removal or putting an end to; as, the abatement of a nuisance is the suppression thereof …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • plea in abatement — noun Plea to the effect that from some formal defect (e.g. misnomer, want of jurisdiction) the proceedings should be abated. Syn: defense in abatement …   Wiktionary

  • plea in abatement — A dilatory plea in a criminal case, challenging irregularities in procedure occurring before arraignment, but setting up no facts going to the real merits of the case. 21 Am J2d Crim L § 468. A plea in a civil action bringing to the attention of… …   Ballentine's law dictionary

  • plea in abatement — a plea that postpones or defeats a cause of action not on the merits of the controversy but for some defect in or matter of form or procedure …   Useful english dictionary

  • demurrer to plea in abatement — A method by which the plaintiff tests the legal sufficiency of the defendant s plea in abatement. 41 Am J1st Pl § 211 …   Ballentine's law dictionary

  • in abatement — phrasal law : seeking termination of the proceedings of an action by reason of some formal defect (as misnomer) a plea in abatement …   Useful english dictionary

  • Defense in abatement — Abatement A*bate ment ( ment), n. [OF. abatement, F. abattement.] 1. The act of abating, or the state of being abated; a lessening, diminution, or reduction; removal or putting an end to; as, the abatement of a nuisance is the suppression thereof …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • defense in abatement — noun Plea to the effect that from some formal defect (e.g. misnomer, want of jurisdiction) the proceedings should be abated. Syn: plea in abatement …   Wiktionary

  • plea — / plē/ n [Anglo French plei plai legal action, trial, from Old French plait plaid, from Medieval Latin placitum, from Latin, decision, decree, from neuter of placitus, past participle of placēre to please, be decided] 1 a: an allegation of fact… …   Law dictionary

  • plea — In common law pleading (now obsolete with adoption of Rules of Civil Procedure) a pleading; any one in the series of pleadings. More particularly, the first pleading on the part of the defendant. In the strictest sense, the answer which the… …   Black's law dictionary

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