plead: Meaning and Definition of
Pronunciation: (plēd), [key]
— v., plead•ed pled plead&syling.
- to appeal or entreat earnestly: to plead for time.
- to use arguments or persuasions, as with a person, for or against something: She pleaded with him not to take the job.
- to afford an argument or appeal: His youth pleads for him.
- to make any allegation or plea in an action at law.
- to put forward an answer on the part of a defendant to a legal declaration or charge.
- to address a court as an advocate.
- Obs.to prosecute a suit or action at law.
- to allege or urge in defense, justification, or excuse: to plead ignorance.
- to plead a statute of limitations.
- to maintain (a cause) by argument before a court.
- to allege or set forth (something) formally in an action at law.
- to allege or cite in legal defense:to plead a statute of limitations.
- plead (Thesaurus)