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Synonyms for plead

Synonyms for plead

to make an earnest or urgent request

Words related to plead

offer as an excuse or plea

enter a plea, as in courts of law

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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Lady Janet had written the necessary reply to her nephew, and had returned, faithful to her engagement, to plead the cause of Horace.
You have heard the presentment that the grand jury have made, Nathaniel Bumppo,” said the Judge; “what do you plead to the charge?
Lippet had anticipated the answers of Natty, and in a whisper advised him how to plead.
His son Haemon, to whom Antigone is betrothed, pleads in vain for her life and threatens to die with her.
In dealing with an Isosceles, if a rascal pleads that he cannot help stealing because of his unevenness, you reply that for that very reason, because he cannot help being a nuisance to his neighbours, you, the Magistrate, cannot help sentencing him to be consumed -- and there's an end of the matter.
3 : to argue for or against : argue in court <His lawyer will plead the case before a jury.
Unfortunately though, since some offenders plead 'not guilty' purely to try and thwart the court proceedings, they do at the same time put at grave risk those that plead 'not guilty' in various courts because they sincerely and genuinely did not either carry out the offences listed against them nor did they utter certain statements attributed to them and so they plead 'not guilty'.