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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

Full Definition of plead

plead·ed play \ˈplē-dəd\ or pled also plead play \ˈpled\ plead·ing

  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

plead·able play \ˈplē-də-bəl\ adjective
plead·er noun
plead·ing·ly play \ˈplē-diŋ-lē\ adverb

Examples of plead

  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




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