plead

Definitions

  • Sucking Very Much at the Purses of The Pleading Parties--3-42-360
    Sucking Very Much at the Purses of The Pleading Parties--3-42-360
  • WordNet 3.6
    • v plead appeal or request earnestly "I pleaded with him to stop"
    • v plead enter a plea, as in courts of law "She pleaded not guilty"
    • v plead offer as an excuse or plea "She was pleading insanity"
    • v plead make an allegation in an action or other legal proceeding, especially answer the previous pleading of the other party by denying facts therein stated or by alleging new facts
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Additional illustrations & photos:

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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Plead To allege or adduce in proof, support, or vendication; to offer in excuse; as, the law of nations may be pleaded in favor of the rights of ambassadors. "I will neither plead my age nor sickness, in excuse of faults."
    • Plead To allege or cite in a legal plea or defense, or for repelling a demand in law; to answer to an indictment; as, to plead usury; to plead statute of limitations; to plead not guilty.
    • Plead To argue in support of a claim, or in defense against the claim of another; to urge reasons for or against a thing; to attempt to persuade one by argument or supplication; to speak by way of persuasion; as, to plead for the life of a criminal; to plead with a judge or with a father. "O that one might plead for a man with God, as a man pleadeth for his neighbor!"
    • Plead To contend; to struggle.
    • Plead 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. "Every man should plead his own matter."
    • Plead (Law) To present an answer, by allegation of fact, to the declaration of a plaintiff; to deny the plaintiff's declaration and demand, or to allege facts which show that ought not to recover in the suit; in a less strict sense, to make an allegation of fact in a cause; to carry on the allegations of the respective parties in a cause; to carry on a suit or plea.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • plead In law, to present an answer to the declaration or complaint of a plaintiff, or the charge of a prosecutor; deny the plaintiff's declaration or complaint, or allege facts relied on as showing that he ought not to recover in the suit. The plaintiff is said to declare, complain, or allege; the defendant pleads to his complaint or declaration. The crown or the stale prosecutes an olfender, and the offender pleads guilty or not guilty, confessing or denying the charge.
    • plead To urge a plea, an argument, or an excuse for or against a claim, or in support, justification, extenuation, etc.; endeavor to persuade by argument or supplication; urge reasons or use argument: as, to plead with a judge for a criminal or in his favor; to plead with a wrongdoer, urging him to reform.
    • plead To sue; make application; enter a plea or an argument.
    • plead To argue or prosecute causes; contend.
    • plead To discuss, defend, and attempt to maintain by arguments or reasons offered to the person or tribunal that has the power of determining; argue: as, to plead a cause before a court or jury.
    • plead To urge or allege in extenuation, justification, or defense; adduce in proof, support, or vindication: as, to plead poverty as an excuse for stealing.
    • plead To set forth in a plea or defense; interpose a plea of: as, to plead a statute of limitations.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.i Plead plēd to carry on a plea or lawsuit: to argue in support of a cause against another: to seek to persuade: to admit or deny a charge of guilt
    • v.t Plead to discuss by arguments: to allege in pleading or defence: to offer in excuse:—pa.t. and pa.p. plead′ed, or (less correctly and coll.) pled
    • n Plead act of pleading or of conducting any cause:
    • n Plead (pl.) the statements of the two parties in a lawsuit (law)
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Quotations

  • Abraham Lincoln
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    “He reminds me of the man who murdered both his parents, and then when the sentence was about to be pronounced, pleaded for mercy on the grounds that he was orphan.”
  • Thomas Paine
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    “Everything that is right or natural pleads for separation. The blood of the slain, the weeping voice of nature cries, 'Tis time to part.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. pleden, plaiden, OF. plaidier, F. plaider, fr. LL. placitare, fr. placitum,. See Plea

Usage

In literature:

Open thy mouth, judge righteously and plead the cause of the poor and needy.
"History of Woman Suffrage, Volume I"
Towards the end I pleaded with him even then to look to the Lord Jesus, and asked if I might pray with him?
"The Story of John G. Paton" by James Paton
Leslie was left first, and Acton, pleading that he was already late for another engagement, was dropped at his club.
"The Beloved Woman" by Kathleen Norris
Vainly they tried to plead, to coax, and to persuade.
"The Cryptogram" by James De Mille
The Mask of Clay screamed and pleaded for mercy and insisted he had already told them everything.
"The Saracen: The Holy War" by Robert Shea
For a Roman to have more than one counsel to plead for him was as common as for an Englishman.
"The Life of Cicero" by Anthony Trollope
But we pleaded our innocence, and they let us go.
"Ghetto Comedies" by Israel Zangwill
Plead for the heathen: plead God's Promises.
"The Ministry of Intercession" by Andrew Murray
He pleaded guilty, dear.
"The Prisoner" by Alice Brown
We took the mother's hands in ours, and pleaded once again.
"Things as They Are" by Amy Wilson-Carmichael
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In poetry:

So she came, and stood trembling before him
And pleaded her cause;
Told him all; how her child's erring father
Had broken the laws.
"Abraham Lincoln" by Phoebe Cary
She pleads for all the joys she brings,
And gives a fair pretence;
But cheats the soul of heav'nly things,
And chains it down to sense.
"Hymn 150" by Isaac Watts
While we pray and while we plead,
While you see your soul’s deep need,
While our Father calls you home,
Will you not, my brother, come?
"Why Not Now?" by Daniel Webster Moody
Autumn blanched the flowers of Summer,
And the forest robes grew sere;
Still in darkness knelt the maiden,
Pleading, "Mary! Mother! hear!"
"The Legend Of The Iron Cross" by Mary Gardiner Horsford
When the full light of heavenly day
Reveals my sins in dread array,
Say Thou hast washed them all away;
O say, Thou plead’st for me!
"O Thou, the contrite sinner’s Friend," by Charlotte Elliott
He pleads his righteousness, that brought
All rents the law could crave;
Whate'er its precepts, threat'nings, sought,
Thy Husband fully gave.
"The Believer's Jointure : Chapter I." by Ralph Erskine

In news:

Husband of slain Iraqi-American pleads not guilty.
He pleaded not guilty and is being held on $25,000 bail.
Jennifer Cromwell was given a four-to-five year suspended prison sentence, with three years of probation, after pleading guilty to one charge of child endangerment.
Andrew Wiederhorn spent more than a year in prison after pleading guilty to two felonies related to a financial scandal.
DALLAS – Former NFL receiver Sam Hurd is moving closer to a deal to plead guilty in the federal drug-distribution case against him, his attorney said Tuesday.
A former financial manager in lander has pleaded not guilty to charges of embezzling more than $2.5 million dollars.
As expected, former KGO Radio talk show host Bernie Ward pleaded guilty Thursday to a charge of distributing child pornography.
In exchange for pleading guilty to criminally negligent homicide, Furlong is expected to get probation when he's sentenced July 30.
Five people pleaded not guilty today to kidnapping, robbing and murdering a 51-year-old man and dumping his body outside a Graham house.
Arlington man pleads guilty to August shooting that debilitated victim.
Corrections officer pleads to sex crime.
SALT LAKE CITY — A military contractor and an Army reservist have pleaded not guilty to charges in what prosecutors call a multimillion-dollar scheme to win military contracts in Afghanistan.
Alleged East Coast Rapist To Plead Guilty.
A Texas man pleaded guilty in Tulsa federal court Friday to using another person's Social Security number to finance the purchase of a Winnebago motorhome.
Jon Johnson to plead guilty to conspiracy to defraud US gov't.
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In science:

The reason I plead for the first step, the presentation of data with no theory in the numbers, is that that is what will allow us to come back at a later date (even possibly after the collaboration presenting the results is long disbanded) and re-analyze the data with new theory inputs.
Summary and Outlook for 9th International Symposium on Heavy Flavor Physics
All examples mentioned above plead coherently for the idea adopted here saying that nuclear systems may change the phase when is promoted in an excited state.
Remarcs on the shape transition from spherical to deformed gamma unstable nuclei
This result certainly pleads for a reanalysis of the most recent deflection data obtained during the Cassini mission. A comparison of these data with (11) or, preferably, the more precise expression in , would indeed lead to a test of the presence of ζP independent of the Pioneer test.
Gravity tests in the solar system and the Pioneer anomaly
This situation certainly pleads for pushing the study farther and comparing the theoretical expectations with the Pioneer data.
Tests of general relativity in the solar system
Beside observational data, theoretical arguments also plead for considering the possibility of scale dependent gravitation laws.
Tests of gravity at the solar system scale
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