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a common law pleading that denies the opposing party’s allegations of fact.
GENERAL TRAVERSE a blanket denial, stated in general terms, intended to cover all the allegations
SPECIAL TRAVERSEe a denial that is not absolute, but that seeks to establish a denial through the presentation of supplementary facts (or new matter) that, if accurate, would render the allegations untenable.
Source: Barron's Dictionary of Legal Terms, Steven H. Gifis, 5th Edition; © 2016