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plead (v.)

mid-13c., "make a plea in court," from Anglo-French pleder, Old French plaidier, "plead at court" (11c.), from Medieval Latin placitare, from Late Latin placitum "lawsuit," in classical Latin, "opinion, decree," literally "that which pleases, thing which is agreed upon," properly neuter past participle of placere "to please, give pleasure, be approved" (see please). Sense of "request, beg" first recorded late 14c. Related: Pleaded; pleading; pleadingly.

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Definitions of plead from WordNet

plead (v.)
appeal or request earnestly;
I pleaded with him to stop
plead (v.)
offer as an excuse or plea;
She was pleading insanity
plead (v.)
enter a plea, as in courts of law;
She pleaded not guilty
plead (v.)
make an allegation in an action or other legal proceeding, especially answer the previous pleading of the other party by denying facts therein stated or by alleging new facts;
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