plea in abatement

Definition of "plea in abatement"
  1. A defense raised in response to a claim, not denying the claim, but arguing against its form or the timing or location of its presentation in court
How to use "plea in abatement" in a sentence
  1. During the trial, the defendant's attorney entered a plea in abatement, questioning the timing of the lawsuit.
  2. The plaintiff was taken aback when the defendant submitted a plea in abatement rather than challenging the allegations.
  3. The judge agreed to consider the plea in abatement before making his final decision.

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