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plead

Legal Definition of plead

Derived terms


Definition of plead

Etymology

    From Middle English < Old French plaider (“to plead, offer a plea”) < plait < Medieval Latin placitum (“a decree, sentence, suit, plea, etc.", in Classical Latin, "an opinion, determination, prescription, order; literally, that which is pleasing, pleasure”), neuter of placitus, past participle of placere (“to please”).

Pronunciation

Verb

plead (third-person singular simple present pleads, present participle pleading, simple past and past participle pled (North American and Scottish English) or pleaded (UK))

  1. To present an argument, especially in a legal case.

    The defendant has decided to plead not guilty.

  2. To beg, beseech, or implore.

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