Definition of plead
pleadedplay \ˈplē-dəd\ or
1 : to argue a case or cause in a court of law
2a : 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 factsb : to conduct pleadings
3 : to make a plea of a specified nature plead not guilty
4a : to argue for or against a claimb : to entreat or appeal earnestly
1 : to maintain (a case, a cause, etc.) 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
pleadableplay \ˈplē-də-bəl\ adjective
pleadinglyplay \ˈplē-diŋ-lē\ adverb
Examples of plead in a Sentence
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.
Recent Examples of plead from the Web
BNP PARIBAS, France’s biggest bank, pleaded guilty in America three years ago to assisting a monstrous regime in east Africa.
The Ohio Chamber of Commerce, Ohio Right to Life and Ohio Hospital Association – all long-time supporters of Medicaid expansion – pleaded with legislators to keep it.
A former Ellington resident pleaded no contest Friday to second-degree manslaughter with a motor vehicle and witness tampering for a drunken driving crash in 2015 that claimed the life of a passenger in his vehicle.
Guerrero, now 40, has pleaded not guilty to charges linked to a dozen victims in what could become a death penalty case.
Vann, 46, has pleaded not guilty to the 2014 strangulation killings of seven women.
Logue took to Twitter on Wednesday, pleading for the public’s help in locating his missing child.
PHILADELPHIA — District Attorney R. Seth Williams pleaded guilty to bribery and quit his position as Philadelphia’s chief law enforcement officer on Thursday, bringing to an abrupt halt his trial on federal corruption charges.
In other words, says Reiss, if scientific research is inconclusive, can an individual still plead their case with other types of plausible evidence, including circumstantial evidence?
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Origin and Etymology of plead
Middle English pleden, plaiden, from Anglo-French plaider, pleder, from plai plea
First Known Use: 13th centurySee Words from the same year
PLEAD Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of plead for English Language Learners
: 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
PLEAD Defined for Kids
Definition of plead for Students
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.
Legal Definition of plead
plead\ˈpled\ play play
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 plead — Kansas Statutes Annotated — see also alternative
2 : to make a specific plea plead not guilty; also : to make a plea of guilty agreed to plead to the lesser charge
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
2 : to offer as an excuse cannot plead ignorance of the law
Origin and Etymology 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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