What does plead mean?

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. plead(verb)

    appeal or request earnestly

    "I pleaded with him to stop"

  2. plead(verb)

    offer as an excuse or plea

    "She was pleading insanity"

  3. plead(verb)

    enter a plea, as in courts of law

    "She pleaded not guilty"

  4. plead(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


  1. plead(Verb)

    To present an argument, especially in a legal case.

    The defendant has decided to plead not guilty.

  2. plead(Verb)

    To beg, beseech, or implore.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Plead

    of Plead

  2. Plead(verb)

    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. Plead(verb)

    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. Plead(verb)

    to contend; to struggle

  5. Plead(verb)

    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. Plead(verb)

    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. Plead(verb)

    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. Origin: [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, paled, pedal

  2. Padel

  3. Paled

  4. Pedal

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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. Richard Close:

    I plead guilty to that.

  2. Wayne Allen Huntsman:

    I plead guilty because I did it.

  3. Gloria Chapman:

    The Lord wanted me to plead guilty.

  4. Craig Hicks:

    Ive wanted to plead guilty since day one.

  5. Hillary Clinton:

    I get accused of being kind of a moderate, center…I plead guilty.

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