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

    An order extending a party’s time to plead; a discussion in an effort to effect a compromise.

  • Black's Law Dictionary: 2nd Edition

    In early practice, imparlance meant time given to either of the parties to an action to answer the pleading of the other. It thus amounted to a continuance of the action to a further day. Literally the term signified leave given to the parties to talk together; i. e., with a view to settling their differences amicably. But in modern practice it denotes a time given to the defendant to plead. A general imparlance is the entry of a geneial prayer and allowance of time to plead till the next term, without reserving to the defendant the benefit of any exception ; so that after such an imparlance the defendant cannot obj'ect to the jurisdiction of the court, or plead any matter in abatement. This kind of imparlance is always from one term to another. Co.lby v. Knapp, 13 N. H. 175; Mack v. Lewis, 67 Vt. 383, 31 Atl. 888. A general special imparlance contnins a saving of ali exceptions whatsoever, so that the defendant after this may plead not only in abatement, but he may also plead a plea which affects the jurisdiction of the court, as privilege. He cannot, however, plead a tender, and that he was always ready to pay, because by craving time he admits that he is not ready, and so falsifies his plea. A special imparlance reserves to the defendant all exceptions to the writ, bili, or count; and therefore after it the defendant may plead in abatement, though not to the jurisdiction of the court. 1 Tidd, Pr. 462, 463.