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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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You don't have to walk far in Whittingham before coming across evidence of the latter: the various benefactions of the Ravensworth family, who not only once paid for the restoration of the village's Saxon church and splendidly-gaunt tower, but also on a smaller scale, a stone figure of an elderly man with stick and hat, small dog looking pleadingly up at him: a drinking fountain in memory of the 3rd Earl of Ravensworth, scion of the Liddell family, wealthy Newcastle merchants who in the 19th century became richer still through their ownership of mines around Gateshead.
It sweeps the 3,000-year-old Iliad to its overwhelming conclusion, as the old king pleadingly kisses the hands of the young warrior who has killed so many of his sons, and each man sees the other for the first time in his humanity, and weeps.
Yours pleadingly, Splodge, Half 'n Half and Munchkin (AKA Mercedes, McLaren & Morgan).
The worst part of it was when a comrade fell at our feet and lay there dying, looking up at us pleadingly and we could not stop to see if we could do anything for him.
She asked pleadingly if they could please "put the cow back together again".
The photos are almost enough: demented, twisted faces calling out in agony, pressed tightly together in the crush, sweating and desperate, begging hands stretched out pleadingly towards the camera.
I sometimes make my husband's when he looks at me particularly pleadingly.
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.
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?
En route to his execution, the man turns to the bystanders and pleadingly screams out: "Rise up, rise up, the children are watching.
My audience of one would look pleadingly at the hostess, who would sweep in and escort me to another guest who didn't know me yet.