plea bargaining

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

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noun [noncount]
: a process in which a person who is accused of a crime is allowed to say that he or she is guilty of a less serious crime in order to be given a less severe punishment

As a result of plea bargaining, he would not be sentenced to death.

plea bargain noun, pl ⋯ -gains [count]

She could confess and be granted a plea bargain.

He refused to accept a plea bargain.

plea-bargain verb, -gains, -gained, -gaining [no obj]

He plea-bargained to avoid spending time in jail.


Useful english dictionary. 2012.

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