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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.


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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