plea (n.)
claim, argument, issue
LLL II.i.7[Boyet to Princess] the plea of no less weight / Than Aquitaine
MV III.ii.282[Salerio to Bassanio, of Shylock] none can drive him from the envious plea / Of forfeiture, of justice, and his bond
MV IV.i.200[Portia as Balthasar to Shylock] I have spoke thus much / To mitigate the justice of thy plea
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