verb (used without object), plead·ed or pled, plead·ing.
- to make any allegation or plea in an action at law.
- to put forward an answer on the part of a defendant to a legal declaration or charge.
- to address a court as an advocate.
- Obsolete.to prosecute a suit or action at law.
verb (used with object), plead·ed or pled, plead·ing.
- to maintain (a cause) by argument before a court.
- to allege or set forth (something) formally in an action at law.
- to allege or cite in legal defense: to plead a statute of limitations.
Origin of plead
Synonyms for plead
Examples from the Web for pleaded
Contemporary Examples of pleaded
Family members have said they pleaded with the women not to head to Syria.Jihadis Release New Year’s Eve Video of Italian Female Hostages
Jamie Dettmer, Barbie Latza Nadeau
January 2, 2015
Two weeks before trial, Beebe pleaded guilty to a single charge of aggravated sexual battery.I Was Gang Raped at a UVA Frat 30 Years Ago, and No One Did Anything
December 16, 2014
Korematsu knew firsthand the dangers of war-time hysteria and pleaded that we not make that mistake again.Obama’s ISIS War Is Illegal
Sen. Rand Paul
November 10, 2014
“You have a drink with Mitch McConnell,” he pleaded with all two thousand-plus in attendance.The Booze That Saved America
November 8, 2014
Anderson pleaded with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to ban clothing made from animal fur.Pamela Anderson Is Israel’s No. 1 Fan
November 7, 2014
Historical Examples of pleaded
"He attacked me like the low ruffian that he is," pleaded Halbert, in extenuation.Brave and Bold
"And do say something cheerful, dear," pleaded Avice, at parting.The Spenders
Harry Leon Wilson
"Girls, if you only knew how terribly this embarrasses me," pleaded Grace.Grace Harlowe's Return to Overton Campus
Jessie Graham Flower
He pleaded eloquently for the retention of the small boroughs.The Grand Old Man
Richard B. Cook
The nurses' rooms were subject to inspection, and she had pleaded a headache.K
Mary Roberts Rinehart
verb pleads, pleading, pleaded, plead (plɛd) or esp US and Scot pled (plɛd)
- to file pleadings
- to address a court as an advocate
Word Origin for plead
mid-13c., "make a plea in court," from Anglo-French pleder, Old French plaidier, "plead at court" (11c.), from Medieval Latin placitare, from Late Latin placitum (see plea). Sense of "request, beg" first recorded late 14c. Related: Pleaded; pleading; pleadingly.