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[pled] /plɛd/
a simple past tense and past participle of plead.


[pleed] /plid/
verb (used without object), pleaded or pled, pleading.
to appeal or entreat earnestly:
to plead for time.
to use arguments or persuasions, as with a person, for or against something:
She pleaded with him not to take the job.
to afford an argument or appeal:
His youth pleads for him.
  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.
to allege or urge in defense, justification, or excuse:
to plead ignorance.
  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 of plead
early Medieval Latin
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
1. beg, supplicate. 2. reason. 5. claim. Unabridged
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  • But Lamu appeared and pled her own cause before them with convincing effect.

  • She had pled with him before, and knelt and wept and abased herself before him.

    In Kings' Byways Stanley J. Weyman
  • In the name of peace he pled for less of party pride and the pride of individual opinion.

    Stephen A. Douglas Allen Johnson
  • He was able to smile at her, a smile that pled for reassurance.

    The Shadow of Life Anne Douglas Sedgwick
  • Wishing to avoid "the whole crew," as she dubbed the circle of her friends, Lilly pled sickness, and Richard rested satisfied.

    The Song of Songs Hermann Sudermann
British Dictionary definitions for pled


(Scots law, US) a past tense and past participle of plead


verb pleads, pleading, pleaded, plead (plɛd), especially (US & Scot) pled (plɛd)
when intr, often foll by with. to appeal earnestly or humbly (to)
(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
(intransitive) often foll by for. to provide an argument or appeal (for): her beauty pleads for her
(law) to declare oneself to be (guilty or not guilty) in answer to the charge
(law) to advocate (a case) in a court of law
(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 pled

past tense and past participle of 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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