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plea bargaining

an agreement between a prosecutor and a defendant whereby the defendant is allowed to plead guilty to a lesser charge rather than risk conviction for a graver crime in order to avoid a protracted trial or to win the defendant's cooperation as a witness.
Origin of plea bargaining
1960-65, Americanism


[plee-bahr-gin] /ˈpliˌbɑr gɪn/
verb (used without object)
to engage in plea bargaining.
verb (used with object)
to deal with or achieve by plea bargaining:
to plea-bargain a reduced sentence.
the agreement arrived at as a result of plea bargaining.
Related forms
plea-bargainer, noun Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the web for plea bargaining
  • plea bargaining provides another tool to extract evidence.
  • With plea bargaining, defendants are under huge pressure to plead guilty.
  • plea bargaining should not be acceptable in this case.
  • Stronger sentences for violent crimes and less plea bargaining.
  • The purpose of said conference is for presentation and setting of motions, completion of plea bargaining, and to set a trial date.
  • In the calendar part, plea bargaining may take place.
  • The government enters into plea bargaining with a defendant for a variety of reasons, not simply to avoid appeals.
  • The judge does not participate in the plea bargaining process, but must approve the proposed disposition.
British Dictionary definitions for plea bargaining

plea bargaining

(law) an agreement between the prosecution and defence, sometimes including the judge, in which the accused agrees to plead guilty to a lesser charge in return for more serious charges being dropped
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