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.
- plea bargain,
- plea bargaining,
Origin of plead
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
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.