Definitions of plead

  1. make an allegation in an action or other legal proceeding, esp. answer the previous pleading of the other party by denying facts therein stated or by alleging new facts
  2. appeal or request earnestly; " I pleaded with him to stop"
  3. enter a plea, as in courts of law; " She pleaded not guilty"
  4. offer as an excuse or plea; " She was pleading insanity"
  5. 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
  6. of Plead
  7. 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.
  8. To contend; to struggle.
  9. To discuss, defend, and attempt to maintain by arguments or reasons presented to a tribunal or person having uthority to determine; to argue at the bar; as, to plead a cause before a court or jury.
  10. 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.
  11. 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.
  12. 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.
  13. Discuss or defend by arguments; as, to plead a case; offer as an excuse; as, to plead poverty.
  14. Pleader.
  15. 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.
  16. To discuss by arguments: to allege in pleading or defence: to offer in excuse:- pa. t. and pa. p. pleaded, or ( less correctly) pled.
  17. To defend a cause; supplicate; reason with; answer to a charge.
  18. To offer in excuse or defence; defend, as a cause.
  19. To advocate; supplicate; argue; urge.
  20. To allege as an excuse or defense.
  21. To make answer, as to a charge.
  22. To argue, as a cause; to allege or adduce in proof or vindication; to offer in excuse; to allege in defence.
  23. 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.
  24. 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.

Usage examples for plead

  1. After that first interview in the cottage parlor no consideration would induce Mrs. Scatchard to see her son's wife again or even to talk of her when Isaac tried hard to plead her cause after their marriage. – The Queen of Hearts by Wilkie Collins Last Updated: January 3, 2009
  2. But after Mr. Stevens's attack they could at least no longer plead ignorance of their faults. – The Booklover and His Books by Harry Lyman Koopman
  3. And as I cannot be present to do my pleading in person, I must trust you to plead for me. – Daisy in the Field by Elizabeth Wetherell
  4. It is all I can do, plead to you who know the truth about him- yes, you know the truth- to make an effort to save him. – The Weavers, Complete by Gilbert Parker Last Updated: March 14, 2009
  5. The latter remark was addressed to my cousin, who, standing by him, seemed to plead or urge something. – Daisy Burns (Volume 2) by Julia Kavanagh
  6. For the cause that I plead I would that I were a more eloquent advocate. – Rossmoyne by Unknown
  7. You ought to have heard her plead your cause with me. – Tempest and Sunshine by Mary J. Holmes
  8. Everybody had understood that the Bishop had come to plead the cause of the French- Canadian farmers of the hills. – The Shepherd of the North by Richard Aumerle Maher
  9. Others will plead with you in person. – Taken Alive by E. P. Roe
  10. And then both the missing animals were recovered; so Zadig was allowed to plead his case. – Inquiries and Opinions by Brander Matthews
  11. But they who offer this objection, forget the nature both of the people whose cause they plead, and of the Government under which they live. – The Campaigns of the British Army at Washington and New Orleans 1814-1815 by G. R. Gleig
  12. What, my dearest cousin, shall I plead first to you on this occasion? – Clarissa, Volume 4 (of 9) History Of A Young Lady by Samuel Richardson
  13. I can never plead a cause before my father? – Manners and Social Usages by Mrs. John M. E. W. Sherwood
  14. I plead for simple justice. – Grace Harlowe's Senior Year at High School or The Parting of the Ways by Jessie Graham Flower
  15. What need have you to plead, you or any man? – The Justice of the King by Hamilton Drummond
  16. But he felt that he could not plead his cause just then. – Vane of the Timberlands by Harold Bindloss
  17. The party grieved may appeal to the six judges, before whom they shall plead by counsel, and from their judgment to have no appeal. – An Essay Upon Projects by Daniel Defoe
  18. He could render thanks, from the bottom of his heart, for the generous affection of his fellow- citizens, whose wishes, he hoped would plead for him with his Majesty. – The Project Gutenberg Memoirs of Napoleon Bonaparte by Bourrienne, Constant, and Stewarton
  19. I suppose it is useless to plead with you further? – The Crime of the French Café and Other Stories by Nicholas Carter
  20. When some one asked him if he was cutting up any Easy Money or would it be safe for a Man with a Watch to go to Sleep in the same Room with him, he would take a Drink of Water and begin to plead for Cuba. – Fables in Slang by George Ade