From Middle English pleden, plaiden, from Old French plaider (“to plead, offer a plea”), from plait, from 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 placeō (“to please”). Cognate with Spanish pleitear (“to litigate, take to court”).
- Present tense, infinitive
- Past tense
plead (third-person singular simple present pleads, present participle pleading, simple past and past participle (North America, England, legal) pleaded or (North America, Scotland) pled or (North America) plead)
- (transitive, intransitive, copulative) To present (an argument or a plea), especially in a legal case.
- The defendant has decided to plead not guilty.
- 1611, The Holy Bible, […] (King James Version), London: […] Robert Barker, […], →OCLC, Job 16:21:
- O that one might plead for a man with God, as a man pleadeth for his neighbour!
- (intransitive) To beg, beseech, or implore.
- He pleaded with me not to leave the house.
- (transitive) To offer by way of excuse.
- Not wishing to attend the banquet, I pleaded illness.
- (transitive) To discuss by arguments.
to present an argument
- plead in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913
- plead in The Century Dictionary, New York, N.Y.: The Century Co., 1911
- plead at OneLook Dictionary Search