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Definitions for plead
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appeal or request earnestly
"I pleaded with him to stop"
offer as an excuse or plea
"She was pleading insanity"
enter a plea, as in courts of law
"She pleaded not guilty"
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
To present an argument, especially in a legal case.
The defendant has decided to plead not guilty.
To beg, beseech, or implore.
Samuel Johnson's Dictionary
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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
to contend; to struggle
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
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
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
Etymology: [OE. pleden, plaiden, OF. plaidier, F. plaider, fr. LL. placitare, fr. placitum. See Plea.]
Chambers 20th Century Dictionary
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.]
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Rank popularity for the word 'plead' in Verbs Frequency: #766
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The numerical value of plead in Chaldean Numerology is: 3
The numerical value of plead in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2
Examples of plead in a Sentence
The end could be fatal, we ask you, we beg you, we plead with you to get to a place of safety.
The investigation uncovered that the suspects met secretly to discuss and promote Islamic State's ideology, the hard core among the activists are employed at schools in the Negev. Some took advantage of their position and attempted to plead the case for ISIS among pupils and teachers on school premises.
I plead with them, ‘Please, please can I sleep on the floor, I’m in fear for my life,’ and they say, ‘No I’m sorry’.
Hardly any corporations risk a criminal trial, the biggest companies tend to settle out of court and the small fry plead guilty.
She's a little girl. She hasn't done anything, why are they punishing her ? Why does she keep having to plead to be back with her mother ? Why can't they return her to me ?
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- anflehen, (dringend) bitten, plädieren, beschwörenGerman
- لابه کردنPersian
- tagairScottish Gaelic
- निवेदन करनाHindi
- pleiten, bepleitenDutch
- pleda, imploraRomanian
- [[представлять]] [[интересы]], [[выступать]] [[с]] [[заявлением]] ([[в]] [[суде]]), защищатьRussian
- zagovarjati se, plediratiSlovene
- yalvarmak, ileri sürmek, açıklamak, savunmakTurkish
- biện hộVietnamese
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