pleading.The reason; the motive.
2. In a replication de injuria, for example, the plaintiff alleges that
the defendant of his own wrong, and without the cause by him in his plea
alleged, did, &c. The word cause here means without the matter of excuse
alleged, and though in the singular number, it puts in issue all the facts
in the plea, which constitute but one cause. 8 Co. 67; 11 East, 451; 1 Chit.
Source: Bouviers Law Dictionary 1856 Edition
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