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
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Contemporary Examples of pled
Two of the Norfolk four pled guilty, and two were convicted at trial.The Myth of the Central Park Five
October 19, 2014
She pled for help, according to local news sources, and said the judge was beating her even as the call was underway.The Ray Rice of Judges May Keep His Job
September 11, 2014
Now that Alliegro has pled guilty, the expectation is that Rivera will not be referred to as “unindicted” for much longer.Former Congressman May Be Future Convict
August 20, 2014
He pled guilty to manslaughter charges and received a two-and-a-half-year sentence.Costa Concordia Captain: I’m A Scapegoat For Carnival Cruise Lines
Barbie Latza Nadeau
March 11, 2014
Abu Ghaithm, who has pled not guilty, is the highest-ranking al-Qaida figure to face trial in the U.S. since the 2001 attacks.The Daily Beast Looks Ahead: March 3-9
March 3, 2014
Historical Examples of pled
She had pled with him before, and knelt and wept and abased herself before him.In Kings' Byways
Stanley J. Weyman
But Lamu appeared and pled her own cause before them with convincing effect.The Story of John G. Paton
He was able to smile at her, a smile that pled for reassurance.The Shadow of Life
Anne Douglas Sedgwick
I pled with him vainly for an explanation of the Prince's objection to my person.The Shoes of Fortune
The past tense and past participle of plead are pleaded and not plead or pled.The Style Book of The Detroit News
The Detroit News
verb pleads, pleading, pleaded, plead (plɛd) or esp US and Scot pled (plɛd)
- to file pleadings
- to address a court as an advocate
Word Origin for plead
past tense and past participle of plead (v.).
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.