|Origin:||plait, plaid, from Latin placitum 'decision', from placere; PLEASE2|
a request that is urgent or full of emotion
a plea for help
Caldwell made a plea for donations.
The parents made an emotional plea to their child's kidnappers.
2 [countable usually singular]
a statement by someone in a court of law saying whether they are guilty or not:
a guilty plea
make/enter a plea
Adams entered a plea of 'not guilty'.
an excuse for something:
He refused the appointment on a plea of illness.