Plead(?), v. t. 1. To discuss, defend, and attempt to maintain by arguments or reasons presented to a tribunal or person having uthority to determine; to argue at the bar; as, to plead a cause before a court or jury.
Every man should plead his own matter.Sir T. More.
In this sense, argue is more generally used by lawyers.
2. To allege or cite in a legal plea or defense, or for repelling a demand in law; to answer to an indictment; as, to
plead usury; to
plead statute of limitations; to
plead not guilty.
3. To allege or adduce in proof, support, or vendication; to offer in excuse; as, the law of nations may be
pleaded in favor of the rights of ambassadors.
I will neither plead my age nor sickness, in excuse of faults.Dryden.
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