Protestation [Pleading] Law and Legal Definition

Protestation is a formal part of a plea in equity wherein the defendant reject any confession or acknowledgment by him of all or any part of the matters contained in the bill. It is a manner of pleading whereby the party interposes an oblique allegation or denial of some fact, protesting that such a matter does or does not exist, and at the same time avoiding a direct affirmation or denial. The purpose of protestation is to save the party from being concluded as to some fact, which cannot be directly affirmed or denied without falling into duplicity of pleading.