Meaning of pleading

plead•ing

Pronunciation: (plē'ding), [key]
— n.
  1. the act of a person who pleads.
    1. the advocating of a cause in a court of law.
    2. the art or science of setting forth or drawing pleas in legal causes.
    3. a formal statement, usually written, setting forth the cause of action or defense of a case.
    4. pleadings,the successive statements delivered alternately by plaintiff and defendant until the issue is joined.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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