plea of abatement
- A formal response in which one party asserts that a legal action should be halted due to some defect or irregularity in the procedure
- When the lawyer realized there was a procedural error, he filed a plea of abatement on behalf of his client.
- The judge considered the plea of abatement and decided to adjourn the case until the following week.
- The plea of abatement led to a brief delay in the trial as the court looked into the alleged procedural flaw.