pleading

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
    • adj pleading begging
    • n pleading (law) a statement in legal and logical form stating something on behalf of a party to a legal proceeding
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Additional illustrations & photos:

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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Pleading The act of advocating, defending, or supporting, a cause by arguments.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n pleading The act of advocating any cause; specifically, the act or practice of advocating clients' causes in courts of law.
    • n pleading In law: The document (or in some inferior courts an oral statement) formally setting forth the cause of action or the defense of a party. The objects of pleading are to inform the adverse party what questions he must be prepared to meet at the trial; to inform the court what questions are to be determined; and to preserve a record which, with the verdict or judgment, shall show what matters are not afterward to be drawn in question. The term pleadings is applied to the documents on either side, whether a declaration, complaint, or bill with demurrer, or a declaration with plea, etc., or a bill or complaint with plea or answer, etc., which form the issue on which it is proposed to try the cause. See issue, 10.
    • n pleading The formal allegation on the record of that which is to be relied on as the support of the party's case in evidence
    • n pleading The rules and usages of framing such documents, and of the sufficiency of their contents : the art of drawing pleadings
    • n pleading plural The written allegations made in alternate series by the plaintiff and the defendant of their respective grounds of action and defense, terminating in propositions distinctly affirmed on one side and denied on the other, called the issue. Heard. In a more limited sense, only those allegations or altercations which are subsequent to the count or declaration
    • n pleading The science of pleading, which, until the English Common-law Procedure Act, in 1852, constituted a distinct branch of the law, having the merit of developing the points in controversy with great precision. Its strictness and subtlety were frequently a subject of complaint, and one of the objects of the act was to relax and simplify its rules
    • n pleading In popular use, the specious but unsound or unfair argumentation of one whose aim is victory rather than truth.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Pleading imploring
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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

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr. plaider; cf. Plea.

Usage

In literature:

But in all their frolicking my little lady could ne'er abide the sight o' their swords, and she pleaded ever for gentler games.
"A Brother To Dragons and Other Old-time Tales" by Amelie Rives
The later years of his life were spent chiefly in pleading at the bar and writing essays.
"Great Men and Famous Women. Vol. 3 of 8" by Various
It shall not be while I have a tongue to plead with.
"Vera" by Oscar Wilde
John's arm was about her, he was pleading his love.
"The Wind Before the Dawn" by Dell H. Munger
It has pleaded most eloquently, and with tremendous effect.
"Select Temperance Tracts" by American Tract Society
When the King desired permission to plead in person for Magdeburg, Napoleon refused.
"The Life of Napoleon Bonaparte" by William Milligan Sloane
He had intended to be hard and stern, but that gentle, pleading voice softened him at once.
"The Slave of Silence" by Fred M. White
I can plead the unwritten law.
"Colorado Jim" by George Goodchild
You plead hard for yourself, but the laws plead as hard for the king.
"State Trials, Political and Social" by Various
But not willingly, he pleaded, in extenuation; it had crept upon him unawares.
"Ainslee's, Vol. 15, No. 5, June 1905" by Various
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In poetry:

"For him ! for him ! I forsook my God,
And his soul unblest shall be !
And the sacred blood for man that flow'd,
O Heaven ! will it plead for me !
"The Perjured Nun" by Anne Bannerman
Hear them, kind Saviour—hear Thy Spouse
Low at Thy feet renew her vows;
Thine own dear promise she would plead
For us her true though fallen seed.
"Holy Communion" by John Keble
I vowed, as I rowed on the velvet blue
through the night and the starry splendour
to woo and sue a maiden I knew
till she bent to my pleading tender.
"Stars In The Sea" by Roderic Quinn
The mother, kneeling in the empty night,
With pleading hands uplifted for the son
Who, even as she prayed, had fought the fight--
The victory had won:
"The Silent Victors" by James Whitcomb Riley
How plead their cause in burning words?
How arm'd in just rebellion rise? —
Where gleam a million servile swords,
Where Drown for prey a million spies.
"The Beauteous Terrorist" by Sir Henry Parkes
"'I, with the tempter's gilded snare,
Thou, with the pleading voice of prayer;
Hadst thou but prayed till set of sun,
My power had vanished; thou hadst won.'
"The Legend of St. Bevon!" by Alice Coale Simpers

In news:

A Hollandale man charged with having two wives pleaded guilty on Friday in Freeborn County District Court to one felony count of bigamy .
Man pleads guilty in Facebook bigamy case.
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. A former Colorado Springs bookkeeper who pleaded guilty to embezzling half a million dollars from a welding supply store, helping drive the family-run business into bankruptcy, has been sentenced.
Utica, NY (WIBX) – A former bookkeeper pleads guilty to Grand Larceny and Forgery charges in Oneida County Court.
PRINCETON — A Bureau man has been sentenced to prison after pleading guilty to the Class 4 felony of theft/subsequent offense.
A 31-year-old Las Vegas woman accused of running a $17,000 breast implant scam at an Air Force base hospital has pleaded guilty.
A displaced southern Sudanese woman from the border town of Abyei pleaded for more food at a makeshift refugee camp in Turalei, southern Sudan, on June 1.
Bird Creek bear attack victim pleads for help in 911 call.
Protect wolves at Denali National Park, wildlife activists plead.
The track for hurricane Irene has the potential Category 3 storm crashing into the US near Beaufort, N.C. Where officials are pleading with residents to evacuate.
Juan Canales pleaded guilty months ago in a drug trafficking scheme.
Save the arts, George S Clinton pleads.
Former SFPD lab tech pleads guilty to drug charge.
Man charged in Chevy Chase arson pleads not criminally responsible.
A City of Rome man pleaded guilty in Oneida County Court on Wednesday morning in the criminally negligent homicide of his roommate back in March.
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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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