plea-bargain

verb

Definition of plea-bargain

:to participate in 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

plea bargain

noun

Definition of plea bargain

:an agreement by which someone accused of a crime admits to a less serious crime in order to be given a less severe punishment

Word by Word Definitions

plea play
  1. : a legal suit or action

  2. : an allegation made by a party in support of a cause: such as

  3. : an allegation of fact — compare demurrer

bargain play
  1. : an agreement between parties settling what each gives or receives in a transaction between them or what course of action or policy each pursues in respect to the other

  2. : something acquired by or as if by negotiating over the terms of a purchase, agreement, or contract

  3. : a transaction, situation, or event regarded in the light of its results

  1. : to negotiate over the terms of a purchase, agreement, or contract : haggle

  2. : to come to terms : agree

  3. : to bring to a desired level by bargaining


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