[plee-ding] /ˈpli dɪŋ/

the act of a person who pleads.

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

late 13c., “the carrying on of a suit at court,” verbal noun from plead (v.). Meaning “supplication, intercession” is from early 15c.


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