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Definition of plead:

  1. of Plead
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. To contend; to struggle.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.

Synonyms:

maintain, respond, claim, affirm, argue, adduce, offer, examine, vouch, produce, debate, ch, ask, say, avouch, assign, state, present, sue, be, advance, introduce, assert, advocate, prosecute, crave, cite, asseverate, pray, conjure, declare, cross-examine, aver.

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