plead has definitions from the field of law
[ verb ] appeal or request earnestly


"I pleaded with him to stop"

Used in print

(Francis Pollini, Night....)

`` For_Christ's_sake '' ! a voice pleaded .

(Guy Endore, Voltaire! Voltaire!...)

And they would n't leave_off arguing and pleading until he had promised .

(James Thurber, "The Future, If Any, of Comedy,"...)

I'm not pleading for the heart that leaps up when it beholds a rainbow in the sky , or for the heart that with rapture fills and dances with the daffodils .

(John Hazard Wildman, "Take It Off," The Arizona...)

`` Say that again '' , she pleaded .

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appeal beg bid

[ verb ] (law) enter a plea, as in courts of law


"She pleaded not guilty"

Used in print

(B. J. D. Meeuse, The Story of Pollination....)

I must plead guilty to a special sympathy for nomias .

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declare declare law

[ verb ] offer as an excuse or plea


"She was pleading insanity"

Used in print

(Frances and Richard Lockridge, Murder Has...)

She had left the party early , pleading a headache .

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[ verb ] (law) make an allegation in an action or other legal proceeding, esp. answer the previous pleading of the other party by denying facts therein stated or by alleging new facts

Used in print

(Perry Miller "Theodore Parker: Apostasy within Liberalism"...)

Whenever New_England liberalism is reminded of the dramatic confrontation of Parker and the fraternity on January 23 , 1843 - while it may defend the privilege of Chandler_Robbins to demand that Parker leave the Association , while it may plead that Dr._N._L._Frothingham had every warrant for stating , `` The difference between Trinitarians and Unitarians is a difference in Christianity ; the difference between Mr._Parker and the Association is a difference between no Christianity and Christianity '' - despite these supposed conclusive assurances , the modern liberal heaves repeatedly a sigh of relief , of positive thanksgiving , that the Association never quite brought itself officially to expel Parker .

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say demur law