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4 definitions found
 for Plead
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Plead \Plead\, v. t.
     1. 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.
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              Every man should plead his own matter. --Sir T.
                                                    More.
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     Note: In this sense, argue is more generally used by lawyers.
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     2. 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. --Kent.
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     3. 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. --Spenser.
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              I will neither plead my age nor sickness, in excuse
              of faults.                            --Dryden.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Plead \Plead\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Pleaded (colloq. Pleador
     Pled); p. pr. & vb. n. Pleading.] [OE. pleden, plaiden,
     OF. plaidier, F. plaider, fr. LL. placitare, fr. placitum.
     See Plea.]
     1. 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.
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              O that one might plead for a man with God, as a man
              pleadeth for his neighbor!            --Job xvi. 21.
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     2. (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. --Blackstone. Burrill. Stephen.
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     3. To contend; to struggle. [Obs.] --Chaucer.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  plead
      v 1: appeal or request earnestly; "I pleaded with him to stop"
      2: offer as an excuse or plea; "She was pleading insanity"
      3: enter a plea, as in courts of law; "She pleaded not guilty"
      4: 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

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  110 Moby Thesaurus words for "plead":
     adduce, adjure, advance, advocate, affirm, allege, appeal,
     appeal to, apply to, argue, argufy, array, ask, ask for, assert,
     aver, avow, bandy words, beg, beseech, bicker, blandish, brace,
     bring forward, bring on, bring to bear, cajole, call for help,
     call on, call upon, cavil, choplogic, clamor for, coax,
     conduct pleadings, conjure, contend, contest, crave, cross swords,
     cry for, cry on, cry to, cut and thrust, declare, demand, deploy,
     discept, dispute, entreat, exhort, give and take, hassle,
     have it out, high-pressure, impetrate, implead, implore, importune,
     imprecate, insist, insist upon, invoke, jawbone, join issue,
     kneel to, lobby, lock horns, logomachize, maintain, make a plea,
     marshal, moot, nag, obtest, offer, petition, pettifog, plead for,
     plead with, polemicize, polemize, pray, present, press, pressure,
     produce, push, put forward, quibble, rally, recommend, request,
     rest, run to, say, seek, soft-soap, solicit, spar, supplicate,
     swear, sweet-talk, take sides, thrash out, try conclusions, urge,
     wheedle, work on, wrangle
  
  

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