Plea in abatement


  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Plea in abatement (Law) plea to the effect that from some formal defect (e.g. misnomer, lack of jurisdiction) the proceedings should be abated.
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In literature:

Plea in abatement by B.
"Lincoln's Yarns and Stories" by Alexander K. McClure
The popular and genial Sir Frank Lockwood was almost the first to put forward a plea in abatement of prejudice for the firm.
"Bardell v. Pickwick" by Percy Fitzgerald
Before we speak of the pleas in bar, it will be proper to dispose of the questions which have arisen on the plea in abatement.
"Cotton is King and The Pro-Slavery Arguments" by Various
The plea in abatement is not a plea to the jurisdiction of this court, but to the jurisdiction of the Circuit Court.
"Report of the Decision of the Supreme Court of the United States, and the Opinions of the Judges Thereof, in the Case of Dred Scott versus John F.A. Sandford" by Benjamin C. Howard
Our plea to-day is for something of abatement in the intensity of the rivalry between Harvard and Yale.
"Seeing Things at Night" by Heywood Broun
Plea in abatement by B.
"Abraham Lincoln, Volume 2 (of 2) The True Story of a Great Life" by William H. Herndon Jesse W. Weik