nolo contendere

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

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

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Origin and Etymology of 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 \

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 1

Origin and Etymology of nolo contendere

Latin, I do not wish to contend


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