Pronunciation: (plē'ding), [key]
1. the act of a person who pleads.
a. the advocating of a cause in a court of law.
b. the art or science of setting forth or drawing pleas in legal causes.
c. a formal statement, usually written, setting forth the cause of action or defense of a case.
d. pleadings,the successive statements delivered alternately by plaintiff and defendant until the issue is joined.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.