What does pleading mean?

Definitions for pleading
ˈpli dɪŋplead·ing

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. pleadingadjective

    (law) a statement in legal and logical form stating something on behalf of a party to a legal proceeding

  2. beseeching, pleading, imploringadjective



  1. pleadingnoun

    A document filed in a lawsuit, particularly a document initiating litigation or responding to the initiation of litigation.

  2. pleadingadjective

    Of or pertaining to that which pleads.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Pleadingnoun

    Act or form of pleading.

    Etymology: from plead.

    If the heavenly folk should know
    These pleadings in the court below. Jonathan Swift, Miscel.


  1. Pleading

    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. pleading

    Pleading is a formal statement, either written or spoken, that presents arguments, claims, and facts in a legal case. It sets out the party's defense or claim, the allegations or denials, and what they intend to prove. It is a crucial step in a court proceeding where the plaintiff's or defendant's positions are outlined, including their respective allegations, defenses, and counterclaims.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Pleading

    of Plead

  2. Pleadingnoun

    the act of advocating, defending, or supporting, a cause by arguments


  1. Pleading

    In law as practiced in countries that follow the English models, a pleading is a formal written statement filed with a court by parties in a civil action, other than a motion. By stating what claims and defenses are at issue, pleadings establish the issues to be decided by the court. Pleading in England and Wales is covered by the Civil Procedure Rules. Pleading in United States federal courts is covered by the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure. Pleading in the courts of the individual states is covered by the rules of civil procedure either promulgated by the respective state Supreme Courts, or by statute by the respective legislatures.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of pleading in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of pleading in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

Examples of pleading in a Sentence

  1. James Mattis:

    I come to you in peace. I did not bring artillery, but I am pleading with you, with tears in my eyes; if you f*** with me, I will kill you all.

  2. Marie Henein:

    Mr. Ghomeshi will be pleading not guilty. We will address these allegations fully, directly in a courtroom, it is not my practice to litigate my cases in the media. This one will be no different.

  3. Clarence Darrow:

    I am pleading for the future; I am pleading for a time when hatred and cruelty will not control the hearts of men. When we can learn by, reason and judgment and understanding and faith that all life is worth saving, and that mercy is the highest attribute of man. Closing argument in Leopold-Loeb trial,

  4. Andre Berto:

    My message to Joe Biden would be for him to get up and do something. Right now is the time. The Haitian people have been pleading, pleading for help for many years.

  5. Catrina Singletary:

    I'm pleading to the parents, I'm pleading to those who know who this is.

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