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nolo contendere

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noun no·lo con·ten·de·re \ˈnō-(ˌ)lō-kən-ˈten-də-rē\

Definition of nolo contendere

  1. :  a plea in a criminal prosecution that without admitting guilt subjects the defendant to conviction but does not preclude denying the truth of the charges in a collateral proceeding



Origin of nolo contendere

Latin, I do not wish to contend


First Known Use: 1872


Law Dictionary

nolo contendere

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noun nolo con·ten·de·re \-kən-ˈten-də-rē, -rā\

Legal Definition of nolo contendere

  1. :  a plea by a defendant in a criminal prosecution that without admitting guilt subjects the defendant to conviction as in the case of a guilty plea but that does not bar denial of the truth of the charges in another proceeding (as a civil action based on the same acts) —called also no contest, non vult contendere — compare guilty, not guilty 1



Origin of nolo contendere

Latin, I do not wish to contend


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