Definition of Plead

1. Verb. Appeal or request earnestly. "They plead to move "; "I pleaded with him to stop"

Generic synonyms: Appeal, Invoke
Specialized synonyms: Beg, Implore, Pray, Adjure, Beseech, Bid, Conjure, Entreat, Press



2. Verb. Offer as an excuse or plea. "She was pleading insanity"

3. Verb. Enter a plea, as in courts of law. "She pleaded not guilty"
Category relationships: Jurisprudence, Law
Generic synonyms: Declare
Derivative terms: Pleading

4. Verb. Make an allegation in an action or other legal proceeding, especially answer the previous pleading of the other party by denying facts therein stated or by alleging new facts.
Category relationships: Jurisprudence, Law
Generic synonyms: Allege, Aver, Say
Specialized synonyms: Demur
Derivative terms: Pleader, Pleading

Definition of Plead

1. v. t. To argue in support of a claim, or in defense against the claim of another; to urge reasons for or against a thing; to attempt to persuade one by argument or supplication; to speak by way of persuasion; as, to plead for the life of a criminal; to plead with a judge or with a father.

2. v. t. To discuss, defend, and attempt to maintain by arguments or reasons presented to a tribunal or person having uthority to determine; to argue at the bar; as, to plead a cause before a court or jury.

Definition of Plead

1. Verb. To present an argument, especially in a legal case. ¹

2. Verb. To beg, beseech, or implore. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Plead

1. to ask for earnestly [v PLEADED or PLED, PLEADING, PLEADS]

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Plead

plaçage
ple-
plea
plea-bargain
plea bargain
plea bargaining
plea bargains
plea in abatement
plea of insanity
plea of the crown
pleace
pleach
pleached
pleaches
pleaching
plead (current term)
plead the fifth
pleadable
pleaded
pleader
pleaders
pleadeth
pleading
pleading in the alternative
pleadingly
pleadings
pleads
pleaed
pleaing
pleas

Literary usage of Plead

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Reports of Cases Argued and Determined in the Courts of Exchequer and by Robert Philip Tyrwhitt, Great Britain Court of Exchequer, Great Britain Court of Exchequer Chamber (1832)
"COURT OF EXCHEQUER OF PLEAS. last or most usual place of abode ; but no defendan shall be compelled to plead by virtue of this rule, ..."

2. An American Glossary by Richard Hopwood Thornton (1912)
"1824 The defendant upon trial, plead non assumpsit, and non assumpsit within five years ... 1824 He was arraigned for assault and battery, and plead guilty. ..."

3. The Law of Contracts by Samuel Williston, Clarence Martin Lewis (1920)
"Promises without consideration not to plead the Statute of Limitations. A promise not to plead the statute will generally on a fair construction imply a ..."

4. The First Part of the Institutes of the Laws of England, Or, A Commentary ...by Edward Coke, Thomas Littleton, Francis Hargrave, Charles Butler, Matthew Hale, Heneage Finch Nottingham by Edward Coke, Thomas Littleton, Francis Hargrave, Charles Butler, Matthew Hale, Heneage Finch Nottingham (1832)
"... gift, or lease, he was seised, Sfc. but where taile, or a lease for life of any lands or tenements, there he shall say, one will plead a lease or grant ..."

5. United States Supreme Court Reports by Lawyers Co-operative Publishing Company, United States Supreme Court (1882)
"At common law, in action of debt on the judgment, or in scire facias, the defendant can plead nothing which existed anterior to the original judgment, ..."

6. Reports of Cases Argued and Determined in the Courts of Exchequer and by Robert Philip Tyrwhitt, Great Britain Court of Exchequer, Great Britain Court of Exchequer Chamber (1832)
"COURT OF EXCHEQUER OF PLEAS. last or most usual place of abode ; but no defendan shall be compelled to plead by virtue of this rule, ..."

7. An American Glossary by Richard Hopwood Thornton (1912)
"1824 The defendant upon trial, plead non assumpsit, and non assumpsit within five years ... 1824 He was arraigned for assault and battery, and plead guilty. ..."

8. The Law of Contracts by Samuel Williston, Clarence Martin Lewis (1920)
"Promises without consideration not to plead the Statute of Limitations. A promise not to plead the statute will generally on a fair construction imply a ..."

9. The First Part of the Institutes of the Laws of England, Or, A Commentary ...by Edward Coke, Thomas Littleton, Francis Hargrave, Charles Butler, Matthew Hale, Heneage Finch Nottingham by Edward Coke, Thomas Littleton, Francis Hargrave, Charles Butler, Matthew Hale, Heneage Finch Nottingham (1832)
"... gift, or lease, he was seised, Sfc. but where taile, or a lease for life of any lands or tenements, there he shall say, one will plead a lease or grant ..."

10. United States Supreme Court Reports by Lawyers Co-operative Publishing Company, United States Supreme Court (1882)
"At common law, in action of debt on the judgment, or in scire facias, the defendant can plead nothing which existed anterior to the original judgment, ..."

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