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pleading

[plee-ding] /ˈpli dɪŋ/
noun
1.
the act of a person who pleads.
2.
Law.
  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
1250-1300; Middle English pledynge (gerund). See plead, -ing1
Related forms
pleadingly, adverb
pleadingness, noun
nonpleading, adjective
nonpleadingly, adverb
unpleading, adjective
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Examples from the Web for pleadingly
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  • "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

pleading

/ˈpliːdɪŋ/
noun (law)
1.
the act of presenting a case in court, as by a lawyer on behalf of his client
2.
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

pleading

n.

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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