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Plead meaning

plead - 9 dictionary results

  1. 1. 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
  2. 2. of Plead
  3. 3. 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.
  4. 4. To contend; to struggle.
  5. 5. 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.
  6. 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. 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. 8. To defend a cause; supplicate; reason with; answer to a charge.
  9. 9. To offer in excuse or defence; defend, as a cause.

plead - examples of usage

  1. Then they'll come back with their heads tied up and their tails between their legs, and plead to be taken on again." - "A Hazard of New Fortunes, Part Fifth", William Dean Howells.
  2. 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", Richard Aumerle Maher.
  3. I am come to plead with our father to make peace with them. - "The Princess Pocahontas", Virginia Watson.
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