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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

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

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 in a sentence

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



1932

First Known Use of plea bargaining

1932


Law Dictionary

plea bargaining

noun plea bar·gain·ing

Legal Definition of plea bargaining

  1. :  the negotiation of an agreement between the prosecution and the defense whereby the defendant pleads guilty to a lesser offense or to one or some of multiple offenses usually in exchange for more lenient sentencing recommendations, a specific sentence, or dismissal of other charges

plea–bargain intransitive verb
plea bargain noun



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