- to appeal or entreat earnestly: to plead for time.
- to use arguments or persuasions, as with a person, for or against something: She pleaded with him not to take the job.
- to afford an argument or appeal: His youth pleads for him.
- to make any allegation or plea in an action at law.
- to put forward an answer on the part of a defendant to a legal declaration or charge.
- to address a court as an advocate.
- Obsolete.to prosecute a suit or action at law.
- to allege or urge in defense, justification, or excuse: to plead ignorance.
- to maintain (a cause) by argument before a court.
- to allege or set forth (something) formally in an action at law.
- to allege or cite in legal defense: to plead a statute of limitations.
Origin of plead
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Examples from the Web for pleaded
Family members have said they pleaded with the women not to head to Syria.Jihadis Release New Year’s Eve Video of Italian Female Hostages
Jamie Dettmer, Barbie Latza Nadeau
January 2, 2015
Two weeks before trial, Beebe pleaded guilty to a single charge of aggravated sexual battery.I Was Gang Raped at a UVA Frat 30 Years Ago, and No One Did Anything
December 16, 2014
Korematsu knew firsthand the dangers of war-time hysteria and pleaded that we not make that mistake again.Obama’s ISIS War Is Illegal
Sen. Rand Paul
November 10, 2014
“You have a drink with Mitch McConnell,” he pleaded with all two thousand-plus in attendance.The Booze That Saved America
November 8, 2014
Anderson pleaded with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to ban clothing made from animal fur.Pamela Anderson Is Israel’s No. 1 Fan
November 7, 2014
"He attacked me like the low ruffian that he is," pleaded Halbert, in extenuation.Brave and Bold
"And do say something cheerful, dear," pleaded Avice, at parting.The Spenders
Harry Leon Wilson
"Girls, if you only knew how terribly this embarrasses me," pleaded Grace.Grace Harlowe's Return to Overton Campus
Jessie Graham Flower
He pleaded eloquently for the retention of the small boroughs.The Grand Old Man
Richard B. Cook
The nurses' rooms were subject to inspection, and she had pleaded a headache.K
Mary Roberts Rinehart
- (when intr, often foll by with) to appeal earnestly or humbly (to)
- (tr; may take a clause as object) to give as an excuse; offer in justification or extenuationto plead ignorance; he pleaded that he was insane
- (intr often foll by for) to provide an argument or appeal (for)her beauty pleads for her
- law to declare oneself to be (guilty or not guilty) in answer to the charge
- law to advocate (a case) in a court of law
- (intr) law
- to file pleadings
- to address a court as an advocate
Word Origin and History for pleaded
mid-13c., "make a plea in court," from Anglo-French pleder, Old French plaidier, "plead at court" (11c.), from Medieval Latin placitare, from Late Latin placitum (see plea). Sense of "request, beg" first recorded late 14c. Related: Pleaded; pleading; pleadingly.