Definitions of plead

  1. To argue in support of a claim, or in defence against the claim of another; to urge reasons for or against; to supplicate with earnestness; to urge; to present an answer to the declaration of a plaintiff.
  2. To advocate; supplicate; argue; urge.
  3. To allege as an excuse or defense.
  4. To make answer, as to a charge.
  5. To contend; to struggle.
  6. To allege or cite in a legal plea or defense, or for repelling a demand in law; to answer to an indictment; as, to plead usury; to plead statute of limitations; to plead not guilty.
  7. To allege or adduce in proof, support, or vendication; to offer in excuse; as, the law of nations may be pleaded in favor of the rights of ambassadors.
  8. Discuss or defend by arguments; as, to plead a case; offer as an excuse; as, to plead poverty.
  9. To discuss by arguments: to allege in pleading or defence: to offer in excuse:- pa. t. and pa. p. pleaded, or ( less correctly) pled.
  10. To offer in excuse or defence; defend, as a cause.
  11. To argue or reason in support of a cause against another; argue before a court of law; as, to plead for an acquittal; supplicate or beg earnestly; as, to plead for mercy.
  12. To carry on a plea or lawsuit: to argue in support of a cause against another: to seek to persuade: to admit or deny a charge of guilt.
  13. To defend a cause; supplicate; reason with; answer to a charge.
  14. appeal or request earnestly; " I pleaded with him to stop"
  15. enter a plea, as in courts of law; " She pleaded not guilty"
  16. offer as an excuse or plea; " She was pleading insanity"
  17. make an allegation in an action or other legal proceeding, especially answer the previous pleading of the other party by denying facts therein stated or by alleging new facts
  18. To present an answer, by allegation of fact, to the declaration of a plaintiff; to deny the plaintiff's declaration and demand, or to allege facts which show that ought not to recover in the suit; in a less strict sense, to make an allegation of fact in a cause; to carry on the allegations of the respective parties in a cause; to carry on a suit or plea.
  19. To argue, as a cause; to allege or adduce in proof or vindication; to offer in excuse; to allege in defence.
  20. To argue or reason in support of a claim; to offer in excuse; to vindicate; to argue before a court of justice; to admit or deny a charge of guilt.
  21. Pleader.
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