- 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 pleadings
Her cries and pleadings were being smothered down on his breast.The Spenders
Harry Leon Wilson
After delays, excuses, pleadings, Julie's father lost patience.In the Heart of Vosges
How faint were the pleadings of duty against such arguments!Maurice Tiernay Soldier of Fortune
Charles James Lever
Her heart is more responsive to the pleadings of divine love.The Wedding Ring
T. De Witt Talmage
Never in my life have I listened to the pleadings of an opponent with deeper anxiety.Stories of Comedy
- law (formerly) the formal written statements presented alternately by the claimant and defendant in a lawsuit setting out the respective matters relied uponOfficial name: statements of case
- 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 pleadings
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