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[plee-ding] /ˈpli dɪŋ/
the act of a person who pleads.
  1. the advocating of a cause in a court of law.
  2. the art or science of setting forth or drawing pleas in legal causes.
  3. a formal statement, usually written, setting forth the cause of action or defense of a case.
  4. pleadings, the successive statements delivered alternately by plaintiff and defendant until the issue is joined.
Origin of pleading
1250-1300; Middle English pledynge (gerund). See plead, -ing1
Related forms
pleadingly, adverb
pleadingness, noun
nonpleading, adjective
nonpleadingly, adverb
unpleading, adjective Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for pleadingly
Historical Examples
  • "Come," he said, pleadingly, and of course the doll could not have gone alone.

  • She fixed her eyes, out of which all threat had passed, pleadingly upon him.

    The Mystery of Murray Davenport Robert Neilson Stephens
  • "You know that's just what you done, Hannah," he put in, pleadingly.

    Thankful's Inheritance Joseph C. Lincoln
  • “Let me go,” said Richling, pleadingly, and with averted face.

    Dr. Sevier George W. Cable
  • "I do not; indeed I do not," she rejoined, looking frankly, pleadingly into his face.

    St. Martin's Summer Rafael Sabatini
  • And then, pleadingly, "You're not going to talk—to use it against me, Nichols?"

    The Vagrant Duke George Gibbs
  • "Aissa," he said, pleadingly, pressing his lips to a chink between the stakes.

  • "You must not think too hard of me, Miss Bellwood," he said, pleadingly.

    Frank Merriwell Down South Burt L. Standish
  • "I wish you'd let me bring the wood," he said pleadingly, as she refused his aid.

    Wayside Courtships Hamlin Garland
  • "This is for Felix and Betty, as well as for myself, father," he said pleadingly.

    We Ten

    Lyda Farrington Kraus
British Dictionary definitions for pleadingly


noun (law)
the act of presenting a case in court, as by a lawyer on behalf of his client
the art or science of preparing the formal written statements of the parties to a legal action See also pleadings
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Word Origin and History for pleadingly



late 13c., "the carrying on of a suit at court," verbal noun from plead (v.). Meaning "supplication, intercession" is from early 15c.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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