What is PLEAD?

To make, deliver, or file any pleading; to conduct the pleadings in a cause. To interpose any pleading in a suit which contains allegations of fact; iu this sei’.se the word is the antithesis of “demur.” More particularly, to deliver in a formal manner the defendant’s answer to the plaintiff’s declaration, or to the indictment, as the case may be. To appear as a pleader or advocate in a cause; to argue a cause in a court of jus- tice. But this meaning of the word is not technical, but colloquial.

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