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plea bargaining

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noun plea bar·gain·ing \-ˌbär-gə-niŋ\

Simple Definition of plea bargaining

  • : 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

  1. :  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

Examples of plea bargaining

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



1932

First Known Use of plea bargaining

1932


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