|n.||1.||The act of advocating, defending, or supporting, a cause by arguments.|
|Noun||1.||pleading - (law) a statement in legal and logical form stating something on behalf of a party to a legal proceeding|
|Adj.||1.||pleading - expressing earnest entreaty; "the appealing and frightened look worn by an injured dog"; "she holds out her hand for money, importunate, insistent"; "a pleading note in her voice"|
PLEADING, practice. The statement in a logical, and legal form, of the facts
which constitute the plaintiff's cause of action, or the defendant's ground
of defence; it is the formal mode of alleging that on the record, which
would be the support, or the defence of the party in evidence. 8 T. R. 159;
Dougl. 278; Com. Dig. Pleader, A; Bac. Abr. Pleas and Pleading; Cowp. 682-3.
Or in the language of Lord Coke, good pleading consists in good matter
pleaded in good form, in apt time, and due order. Co. Lit. 303. In a general
sense, it is that which either party to a suit at law alleges for himself in
a court, with respect to the subject-matter of the cause, and the mode in
which it is carried on, including the demand which is made by the plaintiff;
but in strictness, it is no more than setting forth those facts or arguments
which show the justice or legal sufficiency of the plaintiff's demand, and
the defendant's defence, without including the statement of the demand
itself, which is contained in the declaration or count. Bac. Abr. Pleas and
2. The science of pleading was designed only to render the facts of each party's case plain and intelligible, and to bring the matter in dispute between them to judgment. Steph. Pl. 1. It is, as has been well observed, admirably calculated for analyzing a cause, and extracting, like the roots of an equation, the true points in dispute; and referring them with all imaginable simplicity, to the court and jury. 1 Hale's C. L. 301, n
3. The parts of pleading have been considered as arrangeable under two heads; first, the regular, or those which occur, in the ordinary course of a suit; and secondly, the irregular, or collateral, being those which are occasioned by mistakes in the pleadings on either side.
4. The regular parts are, 1st. The declaration or count. 2d. The plea, which is either to the jurisdiction of the court, or suspending the action, a's in the case of a parol demurrer, or in abatement, or in bar of the action, or in replevin, an avowry or cognizance. 3d. The replication, and, in case of an evasive plea, a new assignment, or in replevin the plea in bar to the avowry or cognizance. 4th. The rejoinder, or, in replevin, the replication to the plea in bar. 5th. The sur-rejoinder, being in replevin, the rejoinder. 6th. The rebutter. 7th. The sur-rebutter. Vin. Abr. Pleas and Pleading, C; Bac. Abr. Pleas and Pleadings, A. 8th. Pleas puis darrein continuance, when the matter of defence arises pending the suit.
6. The irregular or collateral parts of Pleading are stated to be, 1st. Demurrers to any art of the pleadings above mentioned. 2dly. Demurrers to evidence given at trials. 3dly. Bills of exceptions. 4thly. Pleas in scire facias. And, 5thly. Pleas in error. Vin. Abr. Pleas and Pleadings, C.; Bouv. Inst. Index, h.t.
PLEADING, SPECIAL. By special pleading is meant the allegation of special or new matter, as distinguished from a direct denial of matter previously alleged on the opposite side. Gould on Pl. c. 1, s. 18.adjuratory, answer, appealing, argument, argumentum, bar, begging, beseeching, case, cons, consideration, counsel, counterstatement, defense, demurrer, denial, elenchus, entreating, exception, ignoratio elenchi, imploring, legal profession, objection, plaidoyer, plea, pleadings, precative, precatory, pros, pros and cons, reason, rebuttal, refutation, reply, representation, response, riposte, special demurrer, special pleading, statement of defense, talking point