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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)

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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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She looked at Mark pleadingly. "What am I supposed to do with the Vespa key?"
Pleadingly, he whispered every golfer's prayer before swinging: "Far and Sure" then he swung.
I pleadingly asked the operator, "Is my mama there?" The operator said kindly, "I'm sorry, sweetie.
Boris pleadingly: "Please throw too many darts at And the one thing they all want to know is how Boris got their personal details.
Pleadingly, the old farmer asked the son not to kill this bird as 'the gods who created you also created this hapless little bird you are about to kill.' Dejected at an animal for roast his father had just taken off his dinner menu, the sharp sling shooter lowered his catapult, even as both father and son proceeded to the hinterland.
I looked at him pleadingly, silently begging him to stop," she said.
After Philip criticizes her for buying the fox fur cape, "Dorothy starts out of the room, but turns at the door pleadingly" and asks Philip to not be "unpleasant" about the cape (Hemingway 61).
Good for us to remember,' he said, almost pleadingly.
As would Mahrez, looking pleadingly at referee Andre Marriner after being muscled off the ball by Amond.
And the sight of the usually unflappable Fernandinho lumping one pass aimlessly down the pitch would have given Flynn (left) and his side further encouragement.As would Mahrez, who looked pleadingly at referee Andre Marriner after being muscled off the ball by Amond.
She forlornly popped her head over the window parapet and looked pleadingly at me.
Midway through the show (organized by MMI Live and Smart Music Live) he took on the smooth, doo-wop-inspired tune 'Calling All My Lovelies.' And to deafening roars of approval, he whipped out a prop mobile phone, then belted out onto it, pleadingly, 'Miss na kita, Mahal!'