What does plead mean?

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. pleadverb

    appeal or request earnestly

    "I pleaded with him to stop"

  2. pleadverb

    offer as an excuse or plea

    "She was pleading insanity"

  3. pleadverb

    enter a plea, as in courts of law

    "She pleaded not guilty"

  4. pleadverb

    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


  1. pleadverb

    To present an argument, especially in a legal case.

    The defendant has decided to plead not guilty.

  2. pleadverb

    To beg, beseech, or implore.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. To Pleadverb

    Will you, we shew our title to the crown?
    If not, our swords shall plead it in the field. William Shakespeare.

    Don Sebastian came forth to intreat, that they might part with their arms like soldiers; it was told him, that they could not justly plead law of nations, for that they were not lawful enemies. Edmund Spenser, on Ireland.

    If they will plead against me my reproach, know that God hath overthrown me. Job xix. 5.

    I will neither plead my age nor sickness, in excuse of faults. Dryden.

  2. To PLEADverb

    Etymology: plaider, Fr.

    To his accusations
    He pleaded still not guilty; and alleg’d
    Many sharp reasons. William Shakespeare, Henry VIII.

    O that one might plead for a man with God, as a man pleadeth for his neighbour! Job. xvi. 21.

    Of beauty sing;
    Let others govern or defend the state,
    Plead at the bar, or manage a debate. George Granville.

    Lawyers and divines write down short notes, in order to preach or plead. Isaac Watts, Improvement of the Mind.

    I am
    To plead for that, which I would not obtain. William Shakespeare.

    Who is he that will plead with me; for now if I hold my tongue, I shall give up the ghost. Job. xiii. 19.

    If nature plead not in a parent’s heart,
    Pity my tears, and pity her desert. Dryden.

    It must be no ordinary way of reasoning, in a man that is pleading for the natural power of kings, and against all compact, to bring for proof an example, where his own account founds all the right upon compact. John Locke.

    Since you can love, and yet your error see,
    The same resistless power may plead for me,
    With no less ardour I my claim pursue;
    I love, and cannot yield her even to you. Dryden.


  1. plead

    In law as practiced in countries that follow the English models, a pleading is a formal written statement of a party's claims or defenses to another party's claims in a civil action. The parties' pleadings in a case define the issues to be adjudicated in the action. The Civil Procedure Rules (CPR) govern pleading in England and Wales. Federal Rules of Civil Procedure govern pleading in United States federal courts. Each state in the United States has its own statutes and rules that govern pleading in the courts of that state.


  1. plead

    To plead is to make an earnest or emotional appeal or request, typically in a serious or desperate situation. It can also refer to the act of making a formal statement of one's defense or prosecution in a legal case.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Plead

    of Plead

  2. Pleadverb

    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

  3. Pleadverb

    to present an answer, by allegation of fact, to the declaration of a plaintiff; to deny the plaintiff's declaration and demand, or to allege facts which show that ought not to recover in the suit; in a less strict sense, to make an allegation of fact in a cause; to carry on the allegations of the respective parties in a cause; to carry on a suit or plea

  4. Pleadverb

    to contend; to struggle

  5. Pleadverb

    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

  6. Pleadverb

    to allege or cite in a legal plea or defense, or for repelling a demand in law; to answer to an indictment; as, to plead usury; to plead statute of limitations; to plead not guilty

  7. Pleadverb

    to allege or adduce in proof, support, or vendication; to offer in excuse; as, the law of nations may be pleaded in favor of the rights of ambassadors

  8. Etymology: [OE. pleden, plaiden, OF. plaidier, F. plaider, fr. LL. placitare, fr. placitum. See Plea.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Plead

    plēd, v.i. to carry on a plea or lawsuit: to argue in support of a cause against another: to seek to persuade: to admit or deny a charge of guilt.—v.t. to discuss by arguments: to allege in pleading or defence: to offer in excuse:—pa.t. and pa.p. plead′ed, or (less correctly and coll.) pled.—adj. Plead′able, capable of being pleaded.—n. Plead′er.—adj. Plead′ing, imploring.—n. act of pleading or of conducting any cause: (pl.) the statements of the two parties in a lawsuit (law).—adv. Plead′ingly.—Plead guilty, or not guilty, to admit, or deny, guilt.—Special pleading, unfair argument aiming rather at victory than at truth. [O. Fr. plaider; cf. Plea.]

British National Corpus

  1. Verbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'plead' in Verbs Frequency: #766

Anagrams for plead »

  1. padel

  2. paled

  3. pedal

  4. padle

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of plead in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of plead in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

Examples of plead in a Sentence

  1. Emmet Sullivan:

    Then fine, let's pick a trial date, i'm never going to force someone to plead guilty who doesn't think they're guilty. Never.

  2. Brandon Garrett:

    Hardly any corporations risk a criminal trial, the biggest companies tend to settle out of court and the small fry plead guilty.

  3. Trevor Reed:

    I think it would be unethical and immoral to plead guilty to a crime I didnt commit, if I am going to be given a prison sentence, Id rather stay in prison than walk free tomorrow a liar and a coward.

  4. Samuel Butler:

    The end could be fatal, we ask you, we beg you, we plead with you to get to a place of safety.

  5. Rachel Maginn Rosser:

    I tried several different tactics. I laid all the facts out for her. I tried to plead to her emotional side of' What would we do without you ? Could you imagine our life without you ?'.

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