nolo contendere

noun
no·​lo con·​ten·​de·​re | \ ˈnō-(ˌ)lō-kən-ˈten-də-rē How to pronounce nolo contendere (audio) \

Definition of nolo contendere

: 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

Examples of nolo contendere in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Nicholas Dailey, 30, entered a plea of nolo contendere in Washington County Superior Court, to two counts of manufacture and possession of a ghost gun produced by a 3D printing process, the attorney general’s office announced Wednesday. Alexa Gagosz, BostonGlobe.com, 27 July 2022 The courts can wipe out camp prisoners guilty or nolo contendere pleas, and a plea of not guilty can be entered, or verdicts of guilt to be set aside. Paul Vercammen, CNN, 24 Apr. 2022 Depina entered a plea of nolo contendere to one count of carrying a pistol without a license and one count of alteration of identifying marks on a firearm. BostonGlobe.com, 2 Nov. 2021 With a no contest, or nolo contendere, plea, the defendant does not admit guilt but opts not to contest the charges. Christine Dempsey, courant.com, 5 Nov. 2021 Rosado entered a plea of nolo contendere to possession of a firearm after previously having been convicted of a crime of violence and carrying a pistol without a license. BostonGlobe.com, 2 Nov. 2021 Mason entered nolo contendere pleas on the resisting, possession and failure-to-register charges. Mark Inabinett, AL.com, 28 Mar. 2018 Williams — who was identified by ARLnews as a D.C. resident — pleaded nolo contendere Tuesday, a plea that acknowledges that the state would be able to prove its allegations. Fredrick Kunkle, Washington Post, 24 Oct. 2017 See More

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First Known Use of nolo contendere

1829, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for nolo contendere

Latin, I do not wish to contend

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nolo contendere

noun
nolo con·​ten·​de·​re | \ -kən-ˈten-də-rē, -rā How to pronounce nolo contendere (audio) \

Legal Definition of nolo contendere

: 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 sense 1

History and Etymology for nolo contendere

Latin, I do not wish to contend

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