pleading

[ plee-ding ]
/ ˈpli dɪŋ /

noun

the act of a person who pleads.
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.

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Origin of pleading

1250–1300; Middle English pledynge (gerund). See plead, -ing1

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pleading
/ (ˈpliːdɪŋ) /

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 actionSee also pleadings
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