Definition of pleading in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈpliːdɪŋ/


1 [mass noun] The action of making an emotional or earnest appeal to someone: he ignored her pleading
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  • She chose to ignore my pleading and continued with her work.
  • Chris nodded, her eyes again filling at the earnestness and pleading behind his tone.
  • I appeal to you in the language of passionate pleading.
2 (usually pleadings) Law A formal statement of the cause of an action or defence: counsel for the plaintiffs wanted to amend the pleadings
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  • There are many allegations made in the pleadings against the defendants but the matter which came before me to decide was a narrow one.
  • The record before me does not contain any pleadings in reply to the statements of defence of the police defendants.
  • In the pleadings, the defendants assert that the Bank owed them a duty of good faith that was breached.

Words that rhyme with pleading

exceeding, leading, misleading, reeding, self-feeding, sheading, unheeding

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