- An example of plead is to beg someone for forgiveness.
- An example of plead is for someone to say he is not guilty of a crime.
- to present a case in a law court; argue the case of either party
- to present a plea (sense )
- to make an earnest appeal; supplicate; beg: to plead for mercy
Origin of pleadMiddle English pleden ; from Old French plaidier ; from plaid: see plea
- to discuss or defend (a law case) by argument
- to declare oneself to be (guilty or not guilty) in answer to a charge
- to offer as an excuse or defense: to plead ignorance
verbplead·ed or pled , or plead, plead·ing, pleads
- To appeal earnestly; beg: plead for more time.
- To offer reasons for or against something; argue earnestly: plead against a bill.
- To provide an argument or appeal: Your youth pleads for you in this instance.
- Law To respond to a criminal charge: plead guilty.
- To assert as defense, vindication, or excuse; claim as a plea: plead illness as the reason for his absence.
- Law a. To specify (a cause of action or defense): plead a First Amendment claim.b. To set forth in a pleading: plead that plaintiff suffered damages as a result of the breach of contract.
Origin of pleadMiddle English pleden, plaiden, from Old French plaidier, from Medieval Latin placit&amacron;re, to appeal to the law, from Late Latin placitum, decree, opinion; see plea.
(third-person singular simple present pleads, present participle pleading, simple past and past participle pled (North America, Scotland) or pleaded (England))
- To present an argument, especially in a legal case.
- The defendant has decided to plead not guilty.
- To beg, beseech, or implore.
- He pleaded with me not to leave the house.
From Middle English pleden, plaiden, from Old French plaider (“to plead, offer a plea"), from plait, from Medieval Latin placitum (“a decree, sentence, suit, plea, etc.", in Classical Latin, "an opinion, determination, prescription, order; literally, that which is pleasing, pleasure"), neuter of placitus, past participle of placere (“to please").
plead - Legal Definition