- 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.
- pleasant grove
Origin of pleading
Examples from the Web for pleadingly
"You are unjust to yourself to put that literally in your story," she said, pleadingly.A New Sensation|Albert Ross
“My dear little girl,” she read and then stopped and looked from one to the other pleadingly.Lucile Triumphant|Elizabeth M. Duffield
"You do not know how long I have loved you," he says, pleadingly.Guy Kenmore's Wife and The Rose and the Lily|Mrs. Alex McVeigh Miller
She rose again at a little distance, and her eyes met his pleadingly.The Fatal Glove|Clara Augusta Jones Trask
Mrs. D. (pleadingly) George, is there nothing I can do to regain your affections?The Deacon|Horace C. Dale
late 13c., "the carrying on of a suit at court," verbal noun from plead (v.). Meaning "supplication, intercession" is from early 15c.