|—vb (when intr, |
|1.||to appeal earnestly or humbly (to)|
|2.||(tr; 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.||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|
|a. to file pleadings|
|b. to address a court as an advocate|
|[C13: from Old French plaidier, from Medieval Latin placitāre to have a lawsuit, from Latin placēre to please; see |
|1.||the act of presenting a case in court, as by a lawyer on behalf of his client|
|2.||See also pleadings the art or science of preparing the formal written statements of the parties to a legal action|
in law, written presentation by a litigant in a lawsuit setting forth the facts upon which he claims legal relief or challenges the claims of his opponent. A pleading includes claims and counterclaims but not the evidence by which the litigant intends to prove his case.
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