Definitions from Black's Law Dictionary: 2nd Edition and Ballentine's Law Dictionary as are available for each term in each dictionary.
  • Ballentine's Law Dictionary

    A defendant’s plea in an ecclesiastical proceeding.

  • Black's Law Dictionary: 2nd Edition

    In English ecclesiastical law. A species of pleading, where the defendant, instead of denying the plaintiff's charge upon oath, has any circumstances to offer in his defense. This entities him, in his turn, to the plaintiff's answer upon oath, upon which he may proceed to proofs as well as hls antagonist. 3 Bl. Comm. 100; 3 Steph. Comin. 720.