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[pleed] /plid/
verb (used without object), pleaded or pled, pleading.
1.
to appeal or entreat earnestly:
to plead for time.
2.
to use arguments or persuasions, as with a person, for or against something:
She pleaded with him not to take the job.
3.
to afford an argument or appeal:
His youth pleads for him.
4.
Law.
  1. to make any allegation or plea in an action at law.
  2. to put forward an answer on the part of a defendant to a legal declaration or charge.
  3. to address a court as an advocate.
  4. Obsolete. to prosecute a suit or action at law.
verb (used with object), pleaded or pled, pleading.
5.
to allege or urge in defense, justification, or excuse:
to plead ignorance.
6.
Law.
  1. to maintain (a cause) by argument before a court.
  2. to allege or set forth (something) formally in an action at law.
  3. to allege or cite in legal defense:
    to plead a statute of limitations.
Origin
early Medieval Latin
1200-1250
1200-50; Middle English plaiden < Old French plaid(i)er to go to law, plead < early Medieval Latin placitāre to litigate, derivative of Latin placitum opinion. See plea
Related forms
replead, verb, repleaded, repleading.
unpleaded, adjective
Synonyms
1. beg, supplicate. 2. reason. 5. claim.
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Examples for plead
  • It is true that defense counsel usually end up advising clients to plead guilty.
  • If editors and publishers plead poverty in this era of declining circulation, he.
  • If the police stopped him, he'd plead poverty and tiny mouths to feed, and send them home with an armload of fruit.
  • The tribunal has yet to determine whether foreign lawyers may even appear to plead before it.
  • It's possible to plead academic freedom and say that it's a legitimate question.
  • It requires us to look, to search, to plead with nature for an answer.
  • In mitigation of their previous failure, they can justly plead that global warming is a problem of unique complexity.
  • That's why they created this world-wide agencies to cover their tracks and plead ignorance or incompetence.
  • The company eventually agreed to plead guilty due to the financial and emotional stress of the case, he said.
  • With plea bargaining, defendants are under huge pressure to plead guilty.
British Dictionary definitions for plead

plead

/pliːd/
verb pleads, pleading, pleaded, plead (plɛd), especially (US & Scot) pled (plɛd)
1.
when intr, often foll by with. to appeal earnestly or humbly (to)
2.
(transitive; may take a clause as object) to give as an excuse; offer in justification or extenuation to plead ignorance, he pleaded that he was insane
3.
(intransitive) often foll by for. to provide an argument or appeal (for) her beauty pleads for her
4.
(law) to declare oneself to be (guilty or not guilty) in answer to the charge
5.
(law) to advocate (a case) in a court of law
6.
(intransitive) (law)
  1. to file pleadings
  2. to address a court as an advocate
Derived Forms
pleadable, adjective
pleader, noun
Word Origin
C13: from Old French plaidier, from Medieval Latin placitāre to have a lawsuit, from Latin placēre to please; see plea
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Word Origin and History for plead
v.

mid-13c., "make a plea in court," from Anglo-French pleder, Old French plaidier, "plead at court" (11c.), from Medieval Latin placitare, from Late Latin placitum (see plea). Sense of "request, beg" first recorded late 14c. Related: Pleaded; pleading; pleadingly.

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