Plead
Plead Plead, v. t. 1. 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. [1913 Webster]

Every man should plead his own matter. --Sir T. More. [1913 Webster]

Note: In this sense, argue is more generally used by lawyers. [1913 Webster]

2. 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. --Kent. [1913 Webster]

3. 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. --Spenser. [1913 Webster]

I will neither plead my age nor sickness, in excuse of faults. --Dryden. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • plead — / plēd/ vb plead·ed or pled also plead / pled/, plead·ing [Anglo French plaider to argue in a court of law, from Old French plaid legal action, trial more at plea] vi …   Law dictionary

  • Plead — Plead, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Pleaded} (colloq. {Plead}or {Pled}); p. pr. & vb. n. {Pleading}.] [OE. pleden, plaiden, OF. plaidier, F. plaider, fr. LL. placitare, fr. placitum. See {Plea}.] 1. To argue in support of a claim, or in defense against… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Plead — Plead, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Pleaded} (colloq. {Plead}or {Pled}); p. pr. & vb. n. {Pleading}.] [OE. pleden, plaiden, OF. plaidier, F. plaider, fr. LL. placitare, fr. placitum. See {Plea}.] 1. To argue in support of a claim, or in defense against… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • plead — [pli:d] v [Date: 1200 1300; : Old French; Origin: plaidier, from plaid; PLEA] 1.) [I and T] to ask for something that you want very much, in a sincere and emotional way = ↑beg ▪ Don t go! Robert pleaded. plead for ▪ Civil rights groups pleaded… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • plead — [ plid ] (past tense and past participle pleaded or pled [ pled ] ) verb ** 1. ) intransitive to ask for something in an urgent or emotional way: plead for: He knelt in front of the king, pleading for mercy. plead with someone (to do something):… …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • plead — [pliːd] verb pleaded PTandPP or pled PTandPP [pled] [intransitive, transitive] LAW to state in a court of law whether you are guilty of a crime or not …   Financial and business terms

  • plead — The past tense and past participle in standard BrE are both pleaded, but pled and plead (pronounced pled) are used as well as pleaded in America, Scotland, and some dialects in the UK. In legal usage, an accused person can plead guilty or not… …   Modern English usage

  • plead — [plēd] vi. pleaded or pled or plead [pled] pleading [ME pleden < OFr plaidier < plaid: see PLEA] 1. a) to present a case in a law court; argue the case of either party b) to present a PLEA (sense …   English World dictionary

  • plead — [v1] beg, request appeal, ask, beseech, cop a plea*, crave, crawl, entreat, entreaty, implore, importune, make up for, petition, pray, solicit, square things*, supplicate; concept 48 Ant. answer, reply plead [v2] present a defense adduce,… …   New thesaurus

  • plead — (v.) mid 13c., make a plea in court, from Anglo Fr. pleder, O.Fr. pleider, plaidier, agreement, discussion, lawsuit, from M.L. placitare, from L.L. placitum (see PLEA (Cf. plea)). Sense of request, beg first recorded late 14c. Related: Pleaded;… …   Etymology dictionary

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