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plea bargaining

noun plea bar·gain·ing \-ˌbär-gə-niŋ\

: 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

Full Definition of PLEA BARGAINING

:  the negotiation of an agreement between a prosecutor and a defendant whereby the defendant is permitted to plead guilty to a reduced charge
plea–bargain intransitive verb
plea bargain noun
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Examples of PLEA BARGAINING

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

First Known Use of PLEA BARGAINING

1932

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