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  • n. A person, such as an advocate, who pleads.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. One who pleads; one who argues for or against; an advotate.
  • n. One who draws up or forms pleas; the draughtsman of pleas or pleadings in the widest sense.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. One who pleads; one who presents pleas for or against a claim, allegation, etc.; technically, a lawyer who pleads a cause or argues in a court of justice (the original meaning of the term), or who drafts, prepares, or devises pleadings.
  • n. The party whose pleading is under consideration

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a lawyer who pleads cases in court


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  • I'm glad to hear of it; a fine profession, sir; constant variety and excitement -- for the pleader, that is to say '(Mr. Shelford shared the lay impression that pleading was a form of passionate appeal to judge and jurymen),' and of course you would plead in court.

    The Giant's Robe

  • The second mate had, however, in the meantime mentioned the matter to the captain, putting his own construction upon it; the request was therefore harshly and hastily refused, the refusal being accompanied by the assertion that the pleader was a mean, skulking, mutinous rascal, not worth his salt.

    The Voyage of the Aurora

  • He gave the following instance of the sort of thing which takes place: -- A man comes into the "pleader," or lawyer's office, for a consultation.

    India and the Indians

  • Especially,” he went on, “when the pleader is the nephew of an old colleague, one of the lights of the grand Council of State which gave France the

    A Second Home

  • Especially, "he went on," when the pleader is the nephew of an old colleague, one of the lights of the grand Council of State which gave France the Napoleonic Code. "

    A Second Home

  • Obama's presidency, like his campaign, shows how painstaking an African-American has to be -- more so, possibly, than a white liberal -- in coming on before a national audience as a special pleader on minority interests and needs.

    David Remnick's 'The Bridge' Delves Deep Into Barack Obama's Presidency (New York Review)

  • He was a grunting lover, she was a pleader -- whimpering, shifting, her cries not quite smothered by the creaking bedstead.


  • Let the false pleader pay for his offence, I say, to the bitter end. '

    A Caregiver's Homage To The Very Old

  • A similar prenuptial agreement for use in Israel was initiated by Rabbis Elyashiv Knoll, Mordechai Ben Zazon and rabbinic pleader Rachel Levmore.

    Divorce: The Halakhic Perspective.

  • Sadly, the case was decided only after the woman had been denied relief for over six years; only after intense efforts were made by her rabbinic pleader, Rivka Lubitch; and only after pressure was applied by the printed and electronic media.

    Divorce: The Halakhic Perspective.


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  • "For an end,

    We must suggest the people in what hatred

    He still hath held them; that to's power he would

    Have made them mules, silenc'd their pleaders, and

    Dispropertied their freedoms..."

    - William Shakespeare, 'The Tragedy of Coriolanus'.

    August 28, 2009