plead /'plēd/ vb plead·ed or pled also plead /'pled/, plead·ing [Anglo-French plaider to argue in a court of law, from Old French plaid legal action, trial more at plea]
1: to make an allegation in an action or other legal proceeding; esp: to answer the pleading or charge of the other party by denying facts therein stated or by alleging new facts
the defendant shall be given a copy of the indictment or information before the defendant is called upon to pleadKansas Statutes Annotated see also alternative
2: to make a specific plea
plead not guilty; also: to make a plea of guilty
agreed to plead to the lesser charge
1: to allege in or by way of a pleading: state in a pleading
unless plaintiff plead s and proves facts showing actual malice, he cannot recover punitive damagesKumaran v. Brotman, 617 N.E.2d 191 (1993)
plead a case of fraudulent conveyance
2: to offer as an excuse
cannot plead ignorance of the law
plead·able adj
plead·er n

Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary of Law. . 1996.

I (allege in a legal action) verb advance, affirm, affirm explicitly, allege, assert, assert formally, assert positively, attest to, bring forward, contend, emphasize, enunciate, 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 II (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 III (implore) verb address a request, beseech, call upon, charge, clamor for, entreat, importune, make a request, obsecrare, orare, petition, prefer a request, press, put up a request, request, solicit, supplicate, urge IV index address (petition), adduce, allege, answer (reply), answer (respond legally), bear (adduce), depose (testify), exhort, importune, intercede, petition, pray, press (beseech), pressure, reason (persuade), respond, solicit, sue

Burton's Legal Thesaurus. . 2006

(1) In criminal law, to answer charges brought by the prosecution.
(2) To make or file a pleading in a lawsuit; to file a pleading in response to a plaintiff’s complaint.

The Essential Law Dictionary. — Sphinx Publishing, An imprint of Sourcebooks, Inc. . 2008.

1) In civil lawsuits and petitions, the filing of any document (pleading) or the act of making an assertion or allegation in a legal proceeding.
2) In criminal law, the entry of plea of a defendant in response to each charge of criminal conduct.
Category: Small Claims Court & Lawsuits

Nolo’s Plain-English Law Dictionary. . 2009.

v. To make a plea of "guilty" or "not guilty" in court in response to a criminal charge; to file a pleading; to answer a plaintiff's common law declaration.

Webster's New World Law Dictionary. . 2000.

   1) in civil lawsuits and petitions, to file any document (pleading) including complaints, petitions, declarations, motions and memoranda of points and authorities.
   2) in criminal law, to enter a plea of a defendant in response to each charge of criminal conduct.
   See also: plea, pleading

Law dictionary. . 2013.


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  • Plead — Plead, v. t. 1. To discuss, defend, and attempt to maintain by arguments or reasons presented to a tribunal or person having uthority to determine; to argue at the bar; as, to plead a cause before a court or jury. [1913 Webster] Every man should… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Plead — Plead, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Pleaded} (colloq. {Plead}or {Pled}); p. pr. & vb. n. {Pleading}.] [OE. pleden, plaiden, OF. plaidier, F. plaider, fr. LL. placitare, fr. placitum. See {Plea}.] 1. To argue in support of a claim, or in defense against… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • plead — [pli:d] v [Date: 1200 1300; : Old French; Origin: plaidier, from plaid; PLEA] 1.) [I and T] to ask for something that you want very much, in a sincere and emotional way = ↑beg ▪ Don t go! Robert pleaded. plead for ▪ Civil rights groups pleaded… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • plead — [ plid ] (past tense and past participle pleaded or pled [ pled ] ) verb ** 1. ) intransitive to ask for something in an urgent or emotional way: plead for: He knelt in front of the king, pleading for mercy. plead with someone (to do something):… …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • plead — [pliːd] verb pleaded PTandPP or pled PTandPP [pled] [intransitive, transitive] LAW to state in a court of law whether you are guilty of a crime or not …   Financial and business terms

  • plead — The past tense and past participle in standard BrE are both pleaded, but pled and plead (pronounced pled) are used as well as pleaded in America, Scotland, and some dialects in the UK. In legal usage, an accused person can plead guilty or not… …   Modern English usage

  • plead — [plēd] vi. pleaded or pled or plead [pled] pleading [ME pleden < OFr plaidier < plaid: see PLEA] 1. a) to present a case in a law court; argue the case of either party b) to present a PLEA (sense …   English World dictionary

  • plead — [v1] beg, request appeal, ask, beseech, cop a plea*, crave, crawl, entreat, entreaty, implore, importune, make up for, petition, pray, solicit, square things*, supplicate; concept 48 Ant. answer, reply plead [v2] present a defense adduce,… …   New thesaurus

  • plead — (v.) mid 13c., make a plea in court, from Anglo Fr. pleder, O.Fr. pleider, plaidier, agreement, discussion, lawsuit, from M.L. placitare, from L.L. placitum (see PLEA (Cf. plea)). Sense of request, beg first recorded late 14c. Related: Pleaded;… …   Etymology dictionary

  • plead — vb pray, sue, petition, appeal (see under PRAYER) Analogous words: entreat, implore, supplicate, beseech, *beg: intercede, mediate, intervene, *interpose Contrasted words: bestow, confer, present, *give: *grant, vouchsafe, accord …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

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