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pleading

noun

Simple Definition of pleading

  • : the act of asking for something in a serious and emotional way

  • law : one of the formal, usually written statements made by the two sides of a legal case in a court of law

Full Definition of pleading

  1. 1 :  advocacy of a cause in a court of law

  2. 2 a :  one of the formal usually written allegations and counter allegations made alternately by the parties in a legal action or proceeding b :  the action or process performed by the parties in presenting such formal allegations until a single point at issue is produced c :  the introduction of one of these allegations and especially the first one d :  the body of rules according to which these allegations are framed

  3. 3 :  the act or an instance of making a plea

  4. 4 :  a sincere entreaty

Examples of pleading

  1. I'm tired of their begging and pleading.

  2. Despite our pleadings to be allowed to leave, they kept us there for several more hours.



14th Century

First Known Use of pleading

14th century



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