pleading


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plead·ing

 (plē′dĭng)
n.
1. A plea; an entreaty.
2. Law A formal statement, usually written, setting forth the cause of action or the defense of a party to a lawsuit.

pleading

(ˈpliːdɪŋ)
n
1. (Law) the act of presenting a case in court, as by a lawyer on behalf of his client
2. (Law) the art or science of preparing the formal written statements of the parties to a legal action. See also pleadings

plead•ing

(ˈpli dɪŋ)

n.
1. the act of a person who pleads.
2.
a. a formal, usu. written statement setting forth the cause of action or defense of a case.
b. the skill or practice of setting forth pleas in legal causes.
c. the advocating of a cause in a court of law.
[1250–1300]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.pleading - (law) a statement in legal and logical form stating something on behalf of a party to a legal proceedingpleading - (law) a statement in legal and logical form stating something on behalf of a party to a legal proceeding
bill of Particulars - the particular events to be dealt with in a criminal trial; advises the defendant and the court of the facts the defendant will be required to meet
affirmative pleading - any defensive pleading that affirms facts rather than merely denying the facts alleged by the plaintiff
alternative pleading, pleading in the alternative - a pleading that alleges facts so separate that it is difficult to determine which facts the person intends to rely on
answer - the principal pleading by the defendant in response to plaintiff's complaint; in criminal law it consists of the defendant's plea of `guilty' or `not guilty' (or nolo contendere); in civil law it must contain denials of all allegations in the plaintiff's complaint that the defendant hopes to controvert and it can contain affirmative defenses or counterclaims
charge, complaint - (criminal law) a pleading describing some wrong or offense; "he was arrested on a charge of larceny"
complaint - (civil law) the first pleading of the plaintiff setting out the facts on which the claim for relief is based
defective pleading - any pleading that fails to conform in form or substance to minimum standards of accuracy or sufficiency
demurrer - (law) any pleading that attacks the legal sufficiency of the opponent's pleadings
rebuttal, rebutter - (law) a pleading by the defendant in reply to a plaintiff's surrejoinder
replication - (law) a pleading made by a plaintiff in reply to the defendant's plea or answer
rejoinder - (law) a pleading made by a defendant in response to the plaintiff's replication
special pleading - (law) a pleading that alleges new facts in avoidance of the opposing allegations
surrebuttal, surrebutter - (law) a pleading by the plaintiff in reply to the defendant's rebutter
surrejoinder - (law) a pleading by the plaintiff in reply to the defendant's rejoinder
statement - a message that is stated or declared; a communication (oral or written) setting forth particulars or facts etc; "according to his statement he was in London on that day"
law, jurisprudence - the collection of rules imposed by authority; "civilization presupposes respect for the law"; "the great problem for jurisprudence to allow freedom while enforcing order"
Adj.1.pleading - beggingpleading - begging        
Translations

pleading

[ˈpliːdɪŋ]
A. N (= entreaties) → súplicas fpl (Jur) → alegatos mpl
special pleadingargumentos mpl especiosos
B. ADJ [tone etc] → suplicante, de súplica

pleading

[ˈpliːdɪŋ]
adj [expression, eyes, voice] → implorant(e)
n (= entreaty) → imploration f

pleading

nBitten nt; (Jur) → Plädoyer nt
adj look, voiceflehend

pleading

[ˈpliːdɪŋ]
1. n (entreaties) → suppliche fpl
2. adjsupplichevole
References in classic literature ?
On the evening when disease laid its heavy hand upon her and defeated her plans for telling her son George of the eight hundred dollars hidden away, she got out of bed and crept half across the room pleading with death for another hour of life.
She was pleading with him, in broken phrases, painfully uttered: "Have faith in me
I listened, and heard him telling mistress that, and she begging and pleading for me,--and he told her he couldn't help himself, and that the papers were all drawn;--and then it was I took him and left my home, and came away.
I have seen him whip a woman, causing the blood to run half an hour at the time; and this, too, in the midst of her crying children, pleading for their mother's release.
Goddard's that morning, and meeting with Harriet and pleading his own cause, gave alarming ideas.
I won't give you time; I won't have any of your special pleading.
But it is very strange--now, at least, is it not very strange"--said Defarge, rather pleading with his wife to induce her to admit it, "that, after all our sympathy for Monsieur her father, and herself, her husband's name should be proscribed under your hand at this moment, by the side of that infernal dog's who has just left us?
I may not have used it to the best account; I was young and inexperienced; but I never turned a deaf ear to its artless pleading.
The Knight, speaking for the first time, in a low and hurried voice, excused himself by pleading fatigue, and the necessity of preparing for to-morrow's encounter.
Erskine intercepted her in the hall as she passed out, told her that he should be desolate when she was gone, and begged her to remember him, a simple petition which moved her a little, and caused her to note that his dark eyes had a pleading eloquence which she had observed before in the kangaroos at the Zoological Society's gardens.
Look, Jim, how my fingers fidges," he continued in the pleading tone.
Whether those pleading orators were persons educated in the general knowledge of equity, or only in provincial, national, and other local customs?