- 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.
Definition for pleading (2 of 2)
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
Related formsre·plead, verb, re·plead·ed, re·plead·ing.un·plead·ed, adjective
Examples from the Web for pleading
There is no requirement for a member of Congress to resign after pleading guilty to a felony.
Like the anti-Assad rebels and Kurdish fighters, they are pleading for more of America, not less.
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|Lloyd Grove|November 23, 2014|DAILY BEAST
His attorney says he will be pleading not guilty at his arraignment in December.
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|DAILY BEAST
In these the amorous knight is represented as pleading with the watchman of the castle for admission to his lady-love.Woman's Work in Music|Arthur Elson
The sentry muttered a sheepish apology, pleading the unusual noise at this hour.The Storm Centre|Charles Egbert Craddock
But Jeffrey's pleading was admirable; clear, progressive, logical.Peter Parley's Own Story|Samuel G. Goodrich
This woman of another race, another age, another plane, was pleading with her man.Wanderer of Infinity|Harl Vincent
But not even the owner of the Rocking R may withstand the pleading of a pretty woman.The Happy Family|Bertha Muzzy Bower
British Dictionary definitions for pleading (1 of 2)
British Dictionary definitions for pleading (2 of 2)
verb pleads, pleading, pleaded, plead (plɛd) or esp US and Scot pled (plɛd)
- to file pleadings
- to address a court as an advocate