A man begging for forgiveness.
- 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.
intransitive verbplead′ed, plead′ing
- 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 placitāre to appeal to the law from Late Latin placitum decree, opinion ; see plea .
Usage Note: In strict legal usage, one is said to plead guilty or plead not guilty but not to plead innocent. In nonlegal contexts, however, plead innocent is well established. • The Usage Panel prefers the past tense pleaded over pled outside of legal contexts. In our 2008 survey, the entire Panel found pleaded acceptable in He pleaded with me to give him the part, in contrast to 60 percent who accepted the same sentence using pled, and only 38 who found pled completely acceptable in this use.
(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