nolo contendere

nolo contendere

[noh-loh kuhn-ten-duh-ree]
noun Law.
(in a criminal case) a defendant's pleading that does not admit guilt but subjects him or her to punishment as though a guilty plea had been entered, the determination of guilt remaining open in other proceedings.
Also, nolo.


Origin:
1870–75; < Latin: I am unwilling to contend

acquitted, innocent, nolo contendere (see synonym study at innocent).
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nolo contendere (ˈnəʊləʊ kɒnˈtɛndərɪ)
 
n
chiefly (US) law a plea made by a defendant to a criminal charge having the same effect in those proceedings as a plea of guilty but not precluding him from denying the charge in a subsequent action
 
[Latin: I do not wish to contend]

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Main Entry:  nolo contendere
Part of Speech:  n
Definition:  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
Etymology:  L. lit. I do not wish to contend
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nolo contendere [(noh-loh kuhn-ten-duh-ree, kuhn-ten-duh-ray)]

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.”

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