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in law, a plea by the defendant in a criminal prosecution of not contending a conviction as though a guilty plea had been entered but not admitting guilt; also called nolo
L. lit. I do not wish to contend
Latin, literally "I do not wish to contend." A plea that admits no guilt but subjects the defendant to judgment.
A plea that can be entered in a criminal or civil case, by which an accused person neither admits guilt nor proclaims innocence of a charge. Nolo contendere is Latin for “I do not wish to contend.”