[ plee-ding ]
/ ˈpli dɪŋ /
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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.
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OTHER WORDS FROM pleading
plead·ing·ly, adverbplead·ing·ness, nounnon·plead·ing, adjectivenon·plead·ing·ly, adverb
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How to use pleading in a sentence
"Please excuse it; I meant to have sent him away before any of you came up," she said, quite pleadingly.Elster's Folly|Mrs. Henry Wood
"I wish you'd let me bring the wood," he said pleadingly, as she refused his aid.Wayside Courtships|Hamlin Garland
She caught with her hands the lapels of his dinner jacket and looked pleadingly at him.The Highgrader|William MacLeod Raine
"This is for Felix and Betty, as well as for myself, father," he said pleadingly.We Ten|Lyda Farrington Kraus
She lifted them pleadingly, the tears raining down her cheeks.The Arena|Various
British Dictionary definitions for pleading
/ (ˈpliːdɪŋ) /
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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