HyperDic: plea_of_insanity

English > 1 sense of the expression plea of insanity:
NOUNcommunicationplea of insanity, insanity plea(criminal law) a plea in which the defendant claims innocence due to mental incompetence at the time
English > plea of insanity: 1 sense > noun 1, communication
Meaning(criminal law) a plea in which the defendant claims innocence due to mental incompetence at the time.
Synonyminsanity plea
Categorycriminal lawThe body of law dealing with crimes and their punishment
Broaderplea(law) a defendant's answer by a factual matter (as distinguished from a demurrer)

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