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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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I sometimes make my husband's when he looks at me particularly pleadingly.
WHEN the children were younger and the dogs could walk more than a few yards before looking up pleadingly as if to say, "That's far enough, can we go home now?
It also allows for the ambiguity of the film's ending: Franck, after witnessing Henri's and the inspector's deaths, flees from Michel, fearing for his life despite the latter's claim that he won't harm him; but, later, as darkness beings to descend, he pleadingly calls out for him.
This week, bride-to-be Lydia looked at her friends and pleadingly asked: "What was Adam thinking?
I pleadingly asked Robert as I started Googling for websites selling candles in bulk, battery-operated radios and boxes of freeze-dried and tinned dinners.
4) Eager not only for a poem's publication, but also for the payment that followed such an occasion, Arnold wrote pleadingly to editors, trying to convince them of an elegy's topicality, beauty, or necessity.
Those two familiar syllables, delivered pleadingly and angrily on Wednesday night at Ewood Park, boomed out happily from the corner of Old Trafford.
Shylock sees Antonio and calls out his name, almost pleadingly, asking for recognition as of a friend.
Oh, Miss,' she moaned, looking at me pleadingly, 'you don't think it's drugs, do you?
She threatens to organise a protest, at which point the manager pleadingly says that he is going to make sure that the missing Zesty Foods are stocked.
When the "very sunburned" (48) Steve is telling his lies, he hides from the sun of Lee Roy, at whom he never looks directly, just as one never looks at the sun or a divinity directly: "Then he came out from under the tree and stood again almost pleadingly in the sun, facing Max where he was sitting below Little Lee Roy on the steps" (54).