Definitions of pleading
  1. adjective
    synonyms: beseeching, imploring
    earnestly or solemnly entreating
    expressing earnest entreaty
    practicing beggary
    of the nature of or expressing a petition
    precative, precatory
    expressing entreaty or supplication
    suppliant, supplicant, supplicatory
    humbly entreating
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    requiring attention or action
    assertive, self-asserting, self-assertive
    aggressively self-assured
    containing a solemn charge or command
    clamant, crying, exigent, insistent, instant
    demanding attention
    not allowing contradiction or refusal
    showing extreme urgency or intensity especially because of great need or desire
    pressing, urgent
    compelling immediate action
    shrill, strident
    being sharply insistent on being heard
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  2. noun
    (law) a statement in legal and logical form stating something on behalf of a party to a legal proceeding
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    affirmative pleading
    any defensive pleading that affirms facts rather than merely denying the facts alleged by the plaintiff
    alternative pleading, pleading in the alternative
    a pleading that alleges facts so separate that it is difficult to determine which facts the person intends to rely on
    the principal pleading by the defendant in response to plaintiff's complaint; in criminal law it consists of the defendant's plea of `guilty' or `not guilty' (or nolo contendere); in civil law it must contain denials of all allegations in the plaintiff's complaint that the defendant hopes to controvert and it can contain affirmative defenses or counterclaims
    charge, complaint
    (criminal law) a pleading describing some wrong or offense
    (civil law) the first pleading of the plaintiff setting out the facts on which the claim for relief is based
    defective pleading
    any pleading that fails to conform in form or substance to minimum standards of accuracy or sufficiency
    (law) any pleading that attacks the legal sufficiency of the opponent's pleadings
    rebuttal, rebutter
    (law) a pleading by the defendant in reply to a plaintiff's surrejoinder
    (law) a pleading made by a plaintiff in reply to the defendant's plea or answer
    (law) a pleading made by a defendant in response to the plaintiff's replication
    special pleading
    (law) a pleading that alleges new facts in avoidance of the opposing allegations
    surrebuttal, surrebutter
    (law) a pleading by the plaintiff in reply to the defendant's rebutter
    (law) a pleading by the plaintiff in reply to the defendant's rejoinder
    evasive answer
    (law) an answer by a defendant that fails to admit or deny the allegations set forth in the complaint
    nolo contendere, non vult
    (law) an answer of `no contest' by a defendant who does not admit guilt but that subjects him to conviction
    (law) a defendant's answer by a factual matter (as distinguished from a demurrer)
    the written statement of a plaintiff explaining the cause of action (the defamation) and any relief he seeks
    accusal, accusation
    a formal charge of wrongdoing brought against a person; the act of imputing blame or guilt
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    a message that is stated or declared; a communication (oral or written) setting forth particulars or facts etc
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