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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. 2017.
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Examples from the Web for pleadingly
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  • "Do please drink your tea, before it cools," he said, pleadingly.

    Mollie's Prince Rosa Nouchette Carey
  • She took hold of both of his hands, and looked up at him pleadingly.

    The New Tenant E. Phillips Oppenheim
  • “We have been very foolish,” Lady Deringham said pleadingly.

    Mysterious Mr. Sabin E. Phillips Oppenheim
  • She did not answer, so he said, pleadingly: "Don't you want to come?"

  • "Just tell me what you mean by your freedom," she said pleadingly.

    The Twelfth Hour Ada Leverson
  • “Then tell us your plan,” urged Amanda, while Anne looked at him pleadingly.

    A Little Maid of Province Town Alice Turner Curtis
  • "You could not have all the greenhouses, but there could be plenty of flowers," he said pleadingly.

    Mrs. Dud's Sister Josephine Daskam
  • "I hope you can undertake this commission," she said pleadingly.

    Happy Days Alan Alexander Milne
  • When I had ended, I lifted up my eyes and said pleadingly, "Now tell me, is there no hope—none?"

    The Caxtons, Complete Edward Bulwer-Lytton
  • “Soyez sage, Mademoiselle,” he said to her pleadingly, but it was of no use.

    Susan Amy Walton
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
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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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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