plea bargain

plea bargain
noun
(criminal law) a negotiation in which the defendant agrees to enter a plea of guilty to a lesser charge and the prosecutor agrees to drop a more serious charge
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his admission was part of a plea bargain with the prosecutor

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plea bargaining helps to stop the courts becoming congested

Syn: ↑plea bargaining
Derivationally related forms: ↑plea-bargain (for: ↑plea bargaining), ↑plea-bargain
Topics: ↑criminal law, ↑law, ↑jurisprudence
Hypernyms: ↑bargaining

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noun

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plea bargain noun
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Main Entry:plea

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plea bargain noun [countable] [singular plea bargain plural plea bargains]
Thesaurus: court cases and legal processeshyponym
Main entry: plea bargaining

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plea bargain noun, pl ⋯ -gains [count]

She could confess and be granted a plea bargain.

He refused to accept a plea bargain.

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Main Entry:plea bargaining

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ˈplea bargain [plea bargain plea bargains] ; noun

He reached a plea bargain with the authorities.

Main entry:plea-bargainingderived

Useful english dictionary. 2012.

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  • plea-bargain — verb agree to plead guilty in return for a lesser charge If he plea bargains, he will be sent to a medium security prison for 8 years • Derivationally related forms: ↑plea bargain, ↑plea bargaining • Topics: ↑law, ↑jurisprudence • …   Useful english dictionary

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  • plea-bargain — verb To make an agreement in which a defendant agrees to plead guilty to a lesser charge instead of not guilty to a greater one See Also: plea bargain …   Wiktionary

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