the statements setting forth to the court the claims of the plaintiff and the answer of the defendant
- plural form of pleading
pleadings - Legal Definition
Formal, written declaration in legal form of logical statements setting forth the facts of the plaintiff’s allegations or the defendant’s responses, and or the reasons why each party believes that she is in the right (that is, the grounds).amended
pleading. One submitted to the court later than the original pleadings, correcting or adding to them.defective
pleading. One that either in form or substance fails to meet minimum standards of sufficiency or accuracy.pleading
in the alternative. One in which there are two or more independent claims or defenses that are not necessarily consistent, such as negligently inflicting pain and suffering, and intentionally causing property damage.supplemental pleading
One that asserts a claim or defense based on events that occurred after the original pleading was filed, or which corrects defects in the original pleadings.