- A plea; an entreaty.
- Law A formal statement, usually written, setting forth the cause of action or the defense of a party to a lawsuit.
- (law) A document filed in a lawsuit, particularly a document initiating litigation or responding to the initiation of litigation.
- Present participle of plead.
(comparative more pleading, superlative most pleading)
- Of or pertaining to that which pleads.
Variant of plead
intransitive verbpleaded 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 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