- the act of a person who pleads.
- the advocating of a cause in a court of law.
- the art or science of setting forth or drawing pleas in legal causes.
- a formal statement, usually written, setting forth the cause of action or defense of a case.
- pleadings,the successive statements delivered alternately by plaintiff and defendant until the issue is joined.
Origin of pleading
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Examples from the Web for pleadingly
"Come," he said, pleadingly, and of course the doll could not have gone alone.Quaint Courtships
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
- 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 actionSee 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.
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