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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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This time, the party is accused of preferring kith and kin of top leaders in appointments as government pleaders.
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A few days ago, we saw Israeli tanks turning their guns on a BBC camera team after shooting at a peaceful international gathering of banner-carrying pleaders for peace at Beit Jala, near Bethlehem.
First, our educators, many of them special-interest pleaders themselves, no longer believe in the original ideals the Founders put on record.
When cynical, misleading ads backed by big-moneyed special pleaders drown out rational political debate?
The move is just a concession to the Fed's internal lobby of right-wing economists and pleaders for the banks and bondholders, who always want higher interest rates and who like to invent inflation threats to justify them.
38) Strongly repudiating the attitude of the American Jewish community, the Jerusalem Post wrote: "Unfortunately, Pollard has had few pleaders in the organized American Jewish community.
For this purpose a special committee has been constituted for the service structure of the senior government pleaders, government pleaders and additional government pleaders of the department, which will present its report to the provincial government.
Pleaders with 5 years standing could be admitted to the Chief Court Bar.
Specifically, the 'grief' muscles, the corrugator supercilli - located around the eyebrow - and depressor anguli oris - between the chin and corner of the lips - were more often contracted in the faces of 'genuine' rather than 'deceptive pleaders,'" University of British Columbia researchers found.
Her children, too, met up with young pleaders for alms - but they were not the sad and silent ones.
The other meetings that confront editorial staffs are those with what Frank Partsch of the Omaha World-Herald appropriately dubbed "the pleaders and petitioners.