plead /'plēd/ vb plead·ed or pled also plead /'pled/, plead·ing [Anglo-French plaider to argue in a court of law, from Old French plaid legal action, trial more at plea]vi1: to make an allegation in an action or other legal proceeding; esp: to answer the pleading or charge of the other party by denying facts therein stated or by alleging new factsthe defendant shall be given a copy of the indictment or information before the defendant is called upon to plead — Kansas Statutes Annotated see also alternative2: to make a specific pleaplead not guilty; also: to make a plea of guiltyagreed to plead to the lesser chargevt1: to allege in or by way of a pleading: state in a pleadingunless plaintiff plead s and proves facts showing actual malice, he cannot recover punitive damages — Kumaran v. Brotman, 617 N.E.2d 191 (1993)plead a case of fraudulent conveyance2: to offer as an excusecannot plead ignorance of the lawplead·able adjplead·er n
Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary of Law. Merriam-Webster. 1996.
(allege in a legal action) verb
advance, affirm, affirm explicitly, allege, assert, assert formally, assert positively, attest to, bring forward, contend, emphasize, enunciate, maintain, make an affidavit, make an assertion, present, proclaim, put forth, put forward, put in an affidavit, reaffirm, reassert, set forth, state, state emphatically, stress, swear
associated concepts: plead a cause of action, responsive pleading
(argue a case) verb
advocate, argue at the bar, argue the point, bring into court, causam agere, contend for, defend a case, maintain by arguments, prosecute one's case, put one's case, speak for, speak up for, stand up for, state one's case, urge reasons for, use arguments
address a request, beseech, call upon, charge, clamor for, entreat, importune, make a request, obsecrare, orare, petition, prefer a request, press, put up a request, request, solicit, supplicate, urge
address (petition), adduce, allege, answer (reply), answer (respond legally), bear (adduce), depose (testify), exhort, importune, intercede, petition, pray, press (beseech), pressure, reason (persuade), respond, solicit, sue
Burton's Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006
v.(1) In criminal law, to answer charges brought by the prosecution.(2) To make or file a pleading in a lawsuit; to file a pleading in response to a plaintiff’s complaint.
The Essential Law Dictionary. — Sphinx Publishing, An imprint of Sourcebooks, Inc. Amy Hackney Blackwell. 2008.
1) In civil lawsuits and petitions, the filing of any document (pleading) or the act of making an assertion or allegation in a legal proceeding.2) In criminal law, the entry of plea of a defendant in response to each charge of criminal conduct.Category: Small Claims Court & Lawsuits
Nolo’s Plain-English Law Dictionary. Gerald N. Hill, Kathleen Thompson Hill. 2009.
v. To make a plea of "guilty" or "not guilty" in court in response to a criminal charge; to file a pleading; to answer a plaintiff's common law declaration.
Webster's New World Law Dictionary. Susan Ellis Wild. 2000.
v.1) in civil lawsuits and petitions, to file any document (pleading) including complaints, petitions, declarations, motions and memoranda of points and authorities.2) in criminal law, to enter a plea of a defendant in response to each charge of criminal conduct.
Law dictionary. EdwART. 2013.