pleading definition by American Heritage Dictionary
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- A plea; an entreaty.
- Law Advocacy of causes in court.
- Law a. A formal statement, generally written, propounding the cause of action or the defense in a case.b. pleadings The consecutive statements, allegations, and counterallegations made by plaintiff and defendant, or prosecutor and accused, in a legal proceeding.
pleading - Business Definition
A legal document filed with a court that sets forth a claim, response, or request. A pleading sets forth the cause of a legal action or the defense to a legal action.
Variant of plead
intransitive verb pleaded or pled or plead , pleading
- 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: Middle 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