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