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In pleading. A reply made by the plaintiff in an action to the defendant’s plea, or in a suit in chancery to the defendant’s answer. General and special. In equity practice, a general replication is a general denial of the truth of defendant’s plea or answer, and of the sufficiency of the matter alleged in it to bar the plaintiff’s suit, and an assertion of the truth and sufficiency of the bill. A special replication is occasioned by the defendant’s introducing new matter into his plea or answer, which makes it necessary for the plaintiff to put in issue some additional fact on his part in avoidance of such new matter. Vanbibber v. Beirne, 6 W. Va, 180.

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