- 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
- to appeal or entreat earnestly: to plead for time.
- to use arguments or persuasions, as with a person, for or against something: She pleaded with him not to take the job.
- to afford an argument or appeal: His youth pleads for him.
- 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.
- to allege or urge in defense, justification, or excuse: to plead ignorance.
- 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
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Examples from the Web for pleading
There is no requirement for a member of Congress to resign after pleading guilty to a felony.The Felon Who Wouldn’t Leave Congress
Ben Jacobs, David Freedlander
December 23, 2014
Like the anti-Assad rebels and Kurdish fighters, they are pleading for more of America, not less.Indefensible but Indispensable America
December 12, 2014
Hizzoner asked in a pleading tone—an extremely rare posture for a man who in the past had swaggered with an air of invincibility.Despite Crack and Graft, D.C. Loved ‘Hizzoner’ Marion Barry
November 23, 2014
His attorney says he will be pleading not guilty at his arraignment in December.Rape, Lies & Videotape in Ferguson
November 18, 2014
On Wednesday, he had posted an emotional video on YouTube pleading with authorities to save his dog, but it fell on deaf ears.The Dog is Dead—And We’ll Never Know if He Had Ebola
Barbie Latza Nadeau
October 9, 2014
"I want to go," she said at last, in answer to her hostess' pleading.Ester Ried Yet Speaking
The man met her pleading eyes steadily, and shook his head in refusal.Within the Law
And, after all, what good could he do his cause by pleading it?K
Mary Roberts Rinehart
My letters of pleading, like my calls and telephone efforts, were still ignored.City of Endless Night
And all that time Leonora was defending her rival, and pleading her cause!Tales And Novels, Volume 8 (of 10)
- 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
- (when intr, often foll by with) to appeal earnestly or humbly (to)
- (tr; may take a clause as object) to give as an excuse; offer in justification or extenuationto plead ignorance; he pleaded that he was insane
- (intr often foll by for) to provide an argument or appeal (for)her beauty pleads for her
- law to declare oneself to be (guilty or not guilty) in answer to the charge
- law to advocate (a case) in a court of law
- (intr) law
- to file pleadings
- to address a court as an advocate
Word Origin and History for pleading
late 13c., "the carrying on of a suit at court," verbal noun from plead (v.). Meaning "supplication, intercession" is from early 15c.
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.