This section is from the book "Popular Law Library Vol7 Equity Jurisprudence, Trusts, Equity Pleading", by Albert H. Putney. Also available from Amazon: Popular Law-Dictionary.
The prayer for relief is a petition to the court for the relief of such. The prayer may be either for general or special relief. Generally the prayer is for both.
The prayer for special relief enumerates and asks for the particular relief to which the complainant considers himself entitled.
Under a general prayer for relief the court can grant any form of relief which the facts of the case will justify, except special writs, such as injunctions, or ne exeat, or special orders during the continuance of the suit.3
3 Haworth vs. Taylor, 108 I11., 275; Franklin vs. Greene, 2 Allen, 519; African M. E. Church vs. Conover, 28 N. J. Eq., 157.