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pleading

[plee-ding] /ˈpli dɪŋ/
noun
1.
the act of a person who pleads.
2.
Law.
  1. the advocating of a cause in a court of law.
  2. the art or science of setting forth or drawing pleas in legal causes.
  3. a formal statement, usually written, setting forth the cause of action or defense of a case.
  4. pleadings, the successive statements delivered alternately by plaintiff and defendant until the issue is joined.
Origin
1250-1300
1250-1300; Middle English pledynge (gerund). See plead, -ing1
Related forms
pleadingly, adverb
pleadingness, noun
nonpleading, adjective
nonpleadingly, adverb
unpleading, adjective
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pleading

/ˈpliːdɪŋ/
noun (law)
1.
the act of presenting a case in court, as by a lawyer on behalf of his client
2.
the art or science of preparing the formal written statements of the parties to a legal action See also pleadings
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Word Origin and History for un pleading

pleading

n.

late 13c., "the carrying on of a suit at court," verbal noun from plead (v.). Meaning "supplication, intercession" is from early 15c.

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pleading

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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