pleadings

pleading

[plee-ding]
noun
1.
the act of a person who pleads.
2.
Law.
a.
the advocating of a cause in a court of law.
b.
the art or science of setting forth or drawing pleas in legal causes.
c.
a formal statement, usually written, setting forth the cause of action or defense of a case.
d.
pleadings, the successive statements delivered alternately by plaintiff and defendant until the issue is joined.

Origin:
1250–1300; Middle English pledynge (gerund). See plead, -ing1

pleadingly, adverb
pleadingness, noun
nonpleading, adjective
nonpleadingly, adverb
unpleading, adjective
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pleading (ˈpliːdɪŋ)
 
n
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

pleadings (ˈpliːdɪŋz)
 
pl n
law Official name: statements of case (formerly) the formal written statements presented alternately by the claimant and defendant in a lawsuit setting out the respective matters relied upon

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plead
mid-13c., "make a plea in court," from Anglo-Fr. pleder, O.Fr. pleider, plaidier, "agreement, discussion, lawsuit," from M.L. placitare, from L.L. placitum (see plea). Sense of "request, beg" first recorded late 14c.
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