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plead

play
verb, \ˈplēd\

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

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of plead

pleaded play \ˈplē-dəd\ or pled also plead play \ˈpled\ pleading

  1. intransitive verb
  2. 1 :  to argue a case or cause in a court of law

  3. 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

  4. 3 :  to make a plea of a specified nature <plead not guilty>

  5. 4 a :  to argue for or against a claim b :  to entreat or appeal earnestly

  6. transitive verb
  7. 1 :  to maintain (as a case or cause) in a court of law or other tribunal

  8. 2 :  to allege in or by way of a legal plea

  9. 3 :  to offer as a plea usually in defense, apology, or excuse

pleadable play \ˈplē-də-bəl\ adjective
pleader noun
pleadingly play \ˈplē-diŋ-lē\ adverb

Examples of plead in a sentence

  1. He begged and pleaded, but she would not change her mind.

  2. She couldn't afford a lawyer to plead her case.

  3. How do you plead? asked the judge.

  4. We plead guilty, Your Honor.

  5. 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

plead

play
verb \ˈplēd\

Definition of plead for Students

pleaded or pled \ˈpled\pleading

  1. 1 :  to ask for in a serious and emotional way :  beg <I pleaded for help.>

  2. 2 :  to offer as a defense, an excuse, or an apology <To avoid going, I'll plead illness.>

  3. 3 :  to argue for or against :  argue in court <His lawyer will plead the case before a jury.>

  4. 4 :  to answer to a criminal charge <They all plead not guilty.>




Law Dictionary

plead

play play
verb \ˈplēd\

Legal Definition of plead

pleaded or pled also plead \ˈpled\ play play pleading

  1. intransitive verb
  2. 1 :  to make an allegation in an action or other legal proceeding; especially :  to answer the pleading or charge of the other party by denying facts therein stated or by alleging new facts <the defendant shall be given a copy of the indictment or information before the defendant is called upon to pleadKansas Statutes Annotated> — see also alternative

  3. 2 :  to make a specific plea <plead not guilty>; also :  to make a plea of guilty <agreed to plead to the lesser charge>

  4. transitive verb
  5. 1 :  to allege in or by way of a pleading :  state in a pleading <unless plaintiff pleads and proves facts showing actual malice, he cannot recover punitive damages — Kumaran v. Brotman, 617 N.E.2d 191 (1993)> <plead a case of fraudulent conveyance>

  6. 2 :  to offer as an excuse <cannot plead ignorance of the law>

pleadable adjective
pleader noun


Origin of plead

Anglo-French plaider to argue in a court of law, from Old French plaid legal action, trial — more at plea



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