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pleading (n.)

mid-14c., "debate, dispute;" late 14c., "litigation, the carrying on of a suit at court," verbal noun from plead (v.). Meaning "supplication, intercession" is from early 15c.

updated on July 09, 2020

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Definitions of pleading from WordNet
1
pleading (n.)
(law) a statement in legal and logical form stating something on behalf of a party to a legal proceeding;
2
pleading (adj.)
begging;
Synonyms: beseeching / imploring
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