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pray vt

: to ask for [plaintiff s judgment against the defendants for actual damages] used esp. in pleadings
: to make a request of a court esp. in a complaint or petition [complainant s for declaratory relief] [ing that the judgment be vacated]

Source: Merriam-Webster's Dictionary of Law ©1996. Merriam-Webster, Incorporated. Published under license with Merriam-Webster, Incorporated.

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