• IPA: /ˈpliːdɪŋ/

pleading (plural pleadings)

  1. The act of making a plea.
    • But it pleased her to play on my passion / And whet me to pleadings / That won from her mirthful negations / And scornings undue.
  2. (legal) A document filed in a lawsuit, particularly a document initiating litigation or responding to the initiation of litigation.
  1. present participle of plead#English|plead


  1. That pleads.
    • 1955, Émile Zola, Ann Lindsay, Earth, p. 251:
      Franchise, relaxed and soothed by the vagueness of a surrender set so far in the future, simply took hold of his two hands to make him behave himself and looked at him with her pretty pleading eyes — the eyes of a sensitive woman who didn't want to risk having a child by anyone but her husband.
    • 1999, Simone de Beauvoir, The Mandarins, p. 599:
      With a pleading look, she raised her eyes to him.
    • 1993, Charles Haddon Spurgeon, Psalms, p. 225:
      Have but a pleading heart and God will have a plenteous hand.

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