special pleading

Definitions of special pleading
  1. noun
    (law) a pleading that alleges new facts in avoidance of the opposing allegations
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    type of:
    pleading
    (law) a statement in legal and logical form stating something on behalf of a party to a legal proceeding
  2. noun
    an argument that ignores all unfavorable evidence
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    type of:
    specious argument
    an argument that appears good at first view but is really fallacious
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