What does the word plea mean?

Usage examples for plea

  1. The plea was so absurd, that he was thrust on to his feet before he knew what he was about. – The Duke's Children by Anthony Trollope
  2. You have refused to hear my plea- And I still refuse! – The Hollow of Her Hand by George Barr McCutcheon
  3. No attempt indeed was made to put forward such a plea, and it is very doubtful if such an attempt was ever contemplated. – McGill and its Story, 1821-1921 by Cyrus Macmillan