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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.

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Search your memory, Rebecca, and try to think what Minnie overheard you say," she pleaded.
In that moment the mother's love pleaded for painful consciousness rather than oblivion--pleaded to be left in aching weariness, rather than to have the encircling arms benumbed so that they could not feel the dear burden.
Do you know that not two moons gone the king was wroth with you because he fell sick, and would have caused you to be slain had I not pleaded for you and called his oath to mind?
Whether they had ever, at different times, pleaded for and against the same cause, and cited precedents to prove contrary opinions?
Realizing that I was a somewhat favored character, and also convinced that the warriors did not know of my proficiency in their language, as I had pleaded with Sola to keep this a secret on the grounds that I did not wish to be forced to talk with the men until I had perfectly mastered the Martian tongue, I chanced an attempt to enter the audience chamber and listen to the proceedings.
guilty' or 'not guilty,' and they pleaded 'not guilty' for her.
Her hands rested upon his shoulders, her eyes, soft with gathering tears, pleaded with his.
As Matt had pleaded for White Fang when he had been bitten, it was now Weedon Scott's turn to plead.
A BAT who fell upon the ground and was caught by a Weasel pleaded to be spared his life.
This pleaded for him with the old lady, aided as it was by the pride that she secretly felt in the early celebrity which the young clergyman had achieved as a writer and a preacher.
Don't let us judge her till we know," pleaded Anne.
But meantime,' pleaded he, 'let me commend my cause to your most indulgent - '