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plead

[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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  • She pleaded her case for tolerance, understanding, and the contributions that people with mental illness can make as academics.
  • Rather he insisted, and in numerous articles and speeches pleaded, that the horrors of nuclear war made it foolhardy not to try.
  • He pleaded no contest, paid a fine and did six months' probation.
  • All four defendants have pleaded not guilty to all the charges.
  • He was sentenced to three years in jail, reduced from six years, after he pleaded guilty.
  • But the prime minister pleaded his own lofty reasons of state for ignorance.
  • He pleaded not guilty in his second trial on charges of embezzlement.
  • He pleaded no contest to failing to declare golfing trips with lobbyists and campaign contributors.
  • The authorities were blamed that the protestors were going too far and the public pleaded for help.
  • Two have pleaded guilty and are awaiting sentencing, and the other two are scheduled to go on trial early next year.
British Dictionary definitions for pleaded

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 pleaded

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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