Simple Definition of plead
: to ask for something in a serious and emotional way
: to try to prove (a case) in a court of law
: to say in court that you are either guilty or not guilty of a crime : to make a plea
Full Definition of plead
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
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
Examples of plead
He begged and pleaded, but she would not change her mind.
She couldn't afford a lawyer to plead her case.
“How do you plead?” asked the judge.
“We plead guilty, Your Honor.”
He agreed to plead to a lesser charge of manslaughter.
Origin of plead
Middle English pleden, plaiden, from Anglo-French plaider, pleder, from plai plea
First Known Use: 13th century
PLEAD Defined for Kids
Definition of plead
plead·ed or pled \ˈpled\plead·ing
1 : to ask for in a serious and emotional way : beg <I pleaded for help.>
2 : to offer as a defense, an excuse, or an apology <To avoid going, I'll plead illness.>
3 : to argue for or against : argue in court <His lawyer will plead the case before a jury.>
4 : to answer to a criminal charge <They all plead not guilty.>
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