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plead

v. 1) in civil lawsuits and petitions, the filing of any document (pleading) including complaints, petitions, declarations, motions, and memoranda of points and authorities. 2) in criminal law, the entry of plea of a defendant in response to each charge of criminal conduct. (See: plea, pleading)

plead

(Allege in a legal action), verb advance, affirm, affirm explicitly, allege, assert, assert formally, assert posiiively, attest to, bring forward, contend, emphasize, maintain, make an affidavit, make an assertion, present, proclaim, put forth, put forward, put in an affidavit, reaffirm, reassert, set forth, state, state emphatically, stress, swear
Associated concepts: plead a cause of action, responsive pleading

plead

(Argue a case), verb advocate, argue at the bar, argue the point, bring into court, causam agere, contend for, defend a case, maintain by arguments, prosecute one's case, put one's case, speak for, speak up for, stand up for, state one's case, urge reasons for, use arguments

plead

(Implore), verb address a request, beseech, call upon, charge, clamor for, entreat, importune, make a reeuest, obsecrare, orare, petition, prefer a request, press, put up a request, request, solicit, supplicate, urge
See also: address, adduce, allege, answer, bear, depose, exhort, importune, intercede, persuade, petition, pray, press, pressure, reason, reply, respond, solicit, sue, testify

TO PLEAD. The formal entry of the defendant's defence on the record. In a popular sense, it signifies the argument in a cause, but it is not so used by the profession. Steph. Pl. Appx. note I; Story, Eq. Pl. Sec. 5, note.

References in classic literature ?
Surely, his own knowledge of the shocking circumstances under which he has become possessed of this money will plead with him, if nothing else does?
But he saw not,'' he declared, ``how the Knight of Ivanhoe could plead any advantage from this, since he'' (the Prior) ``was assured that the crusaders, under Richard, had never proceeded much farther than Askalon, which, as all the world knew, was a town of the Philistines, and entitled to none of the privileges of the Holy City.
Whether advocates and orators had liberty to plead in causes manifestly known to be unjust, vexatious, or oppressive?
As the sense of responsibility is always strongest, in proportion as it is undivided, it may be inferred that a single man would be most ready to attend to the force of those motives which might plead for a mitigation of the rigor of the law, and least apt to yield to considerations which were calculated to shelter a fit object of its vengeance.
He started when he saw Renee, for he fancied she was again about to plead for Dantes.
You have heard the presentment that the grand jury have made, Nathaniel Bumppo,” said the Judge; “what do you plead to the charge?
The office of judges may have reference unto the parties that use, unto the advocates that plead, unto the clerks and ministers of justice underneath them, and to the sovereign or state above them.
For the bourgeois of Paris were aware that it is not sufficient to pray in every conjuncture, and to plead for the franchises of the city, and they had always in reserve, in the garret of the town hall, a few good rusty arquebuses.