Crossword clues for plead
- More than ask
- Argue a case
- Answer a court charge
- Act the advocate
- State "Not guilty," e.g
- Say "not guilty," say
- Say "no contest," say
- Profess one's innocence, perhaps
- Make an emotional appeal
- Make a court move
- Give one's case
- Get down on one's knees
- Argue (for)
- "How do you ___?" (courtroom question)
- Use as an excuse
- Try to persuade, with "with"
- Try to persuade (with)
- State "Not guilty"
- State "Not guilty!"
- State ''not guilty''
- State ''Not guilty,'' e.g
- Seek mercy
- Say "not guilty," maybe
- Say "guilty" or "not guilty," say
- Say "guilty" or "not guilty," for example
- Say ''Not guilty,'' e.g
- Request mercy, say
- Present an argument in court
- Make a court statement
- Give as an excuse
- Claim, as insanity
- Beg for mercy
- Beg and beg
- Beg (for)
- Assert, as insanity
- Argue, as a court case
- Appeal or request earnestly
- "I ___ the Fifth"
- "How do you ________?"
- Ask on one's knees
- Answer a charge
- Argue in court
- Entreat earnestly
- Make one's case
- Beg and then some
- Make a case
- Make, as a case
- Argue at the bar
- Allege in defense
- Answer, in court
- Seek mercy, say
- "How do you ___?" (court query)
- Speak in court
- Argue, as a case
- Ask urgently
- Present a case
- Offer as an excuse
- Appeal humbly (to)
- Petition putting pressure on chief
- Pastor gets usher to beg
- Beg, implore
- Beg quietly to be given a major part
- Appeal earnestly
- Say "not guilty"
- Tell it to the judge
- Request earnestly
- Say "not guilty," perhaps
- Respond to a charge
- Request urgently
- Make an appeal
- Ask in earnest
- More than request
Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
The Collaborative International Dictionary
Plead \Plead\, v. t.
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.
Every man should plead his own matter.
--Sir T. More.
Note: In this sense, argue is more generally used by lawyers.
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.
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.
I will neither plead my age nor sickness, in excuse of faults.
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.]
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.
(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.
To contend; to struggle. [Obs.]
Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary
mid-13c., "make a plea in court," from Anglo-French pleder, Old French plaidier, "plead at court" (11c.), from Medieval Latin placitare, from Late Latin placitum (see plea). Sense of "request, beg" first recorded late 14c. Related: Pleaded; pleading; pleadingly.
vb. 1 To present an argument, especially in a legal case. 2 To beg, beseech, or implore.
v. appeal or request earnestly; "I pleaded with him to stop"
offer as an excuse or plea; "She was pleading insanity"
enter a plea, as in courts of law; "She pleaded not guilty"
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
Usage examples of "plead".
Pender then went on to describe life aboard the ship for all of the hands, pleading with the admiral to intercede and put an end to this tyranny.
Miyoshi brothers set out for Inuyama to plead my cause with Arai, and I left with Makoto for the coast the day after.
I suspect so, but then the french took over the Spanish throne and someone must have been wondering where ather Mal Ion could be more usefully employed, and I suspect Father Mallon pleaded with his french masters to be employed against the real enemy.
I confessed my sin with tears, and when she threatened punishment, pleaded that the offence had avenged itself heavily already,--for what worse punishment than exile from the sunlight of her presence, into the outer darkness which reigns where she is not?
The old bawd hurried off, and Marion made a small motion with her hand as if to plead with me.
Pleading for mercy, calling on whatever god might hear them, they crawled through the darkness, sobbing, bedeviled on every side.
He opened his heart to me, and begged me to plead for him with his sister to get her consent to his going to sea, for which he had a great longing.
The Anatomy of Melancholy always made him hungry, and he dipped discreetly into various vessels of refreshment, sharing a few scraps with Bock whose pleading brown eye at these secret suppers always showed a comical realization of their shameful and furtive nature.
He brushed his mouth against hers, demanding nothing, apologizing yet again for the way he had bungled their first time together, pleading for a second chance.
Previous to the time of Socrates, orators in addressing popular assemblies, lawyers in pleading cases, and all public speakers, appear to have made use of the cithara as a sort of accompaniment, if for no other purpose than to assure themselves of securing a proper pitch of the voice.
She stared up at me brightly, and I caught a brief vision of Sara in full regalia pleading a case before a bemused Judge Cloke and twelve goggle-eyed jurors.
She felt that if she could call a little sentiment into play, it would certainly plead in her favour.
As for myself I looked as if I deserved that pardon for which I pleaded on my knees, and in her eyes I read that she was sorry that she could not grant what I required of her.
Christopher, was arrested for selling marijuana to grammar-school students in suburban Washington, his father spent three nights, after daylong meetings of his committee on the Moon, pleading with police and district attorneys not to send his boy to a house of correction, and on the afternoon of the fourth day, during a heated debate on whether the surface of the Moon might be composed of deep dust into which a landing vehicle might sink never to be seen again, he leaned forward onto the table, collapsed, and slipped sideways to the floor.
Full of rage, I would plead guilty by my silence to her taunting accusation, but I was thoroughly miserable, for I did not see any cause for that extraordinary change in her feelings, being conscious that I had not given her any motive for it.