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  3  definitions  found 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
  Pleading  \Plead"ing\,  n. 
  The  act  of  advocating,  defending,  or  supporting,  a  cause  by 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
  Plead  \Plead\,  v.  t.  [imp.  &  p.  p.  {Pleaded}  (colloq.  {Plead}or 
  {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. 
  O  that  one  might  plead  for  a  man  with  God,  as  a  man 
  pleadeth  for  his  neighbor!  --Job  xvi.  21. 
  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. 
  3.  To  contend;  to  struggle.  [Obs.]  --Chaucer. 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
  adj  :  expressing  earnest  entreaty;  "the  appealing  and  frightened 
  look  worn  by  an  injured  dog";  "she  holds  out  her  hand 
  for  money,  importunate,  insistent";  "a  pleading  note  in 
  her  voice"  [syn:  {appealing},  {imploring},  {importunate}] 
  n  :  (law)  an  allegation  in  legal  form  stating  something  on 
  behalf  of  a  party  to  a  legal  proceeding 

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