plea bargaining

noun plea bar·gain·ing \ ˈplē-ˌbär-gə-niŋ \
Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of plea bargaining

: 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

play \ˈplē-ˌbär-gən\ 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.

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First Known Use of plea bargaining

1932



PLEA BARGAINING Defined for English Language Learners

plea bargaining

noun

Definition of plea bargaining for English Language Learners

  • : 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


Law Dictionary

plea bargaining

noun

legal Definition of plea bargaining

: 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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