plead
verb (pleaded or pled; also plead; pleading) Etymology: Middle English pleden, plaiden, from Anglo-French plaider, pleder, from plai plea Date: 13th century intransitive verb 1. to argue a case or cause in a court of law 2. a. to make an allegation in an action or other legal proceeding; especially to answer the previous pleading of the other party by denying facts therein stated or by alleging new facts b. to conduct pleadings 3. to make a plea of a specified nature <
plead not guilty
>
4. a. to argue for or against a claim b. to entreat or appeal earnestly transitive verb 1. to maintain (as a case or cause) in a court of law or other tribunal 2. to allege in or by way of a legal plea 3. to offer as a plea usually in defense, apology, or excuse • pleadable adjectivepleader nounpleadingly adverb

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  • 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

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  • 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

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  • 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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