plea-bargain

[plee-bahr-gin]
verb (used without object)
1.
to engage in plea bargaining.
verb (used with object)
2.
to deal with or achieve by plea bargaining: to plea-bargain a reduced sentence.
noun
3.
the agreement arrived at as a result of plea bargaining.

Origin:
1965–70

plea-bargainer, noun
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plea bargain definition


An agreement that permits a defendant to plead guilty to a lesser charge instead of pleading not guilty to a more serious one. Plea bargaining is usually undertaken by a prosecutor to obtain important information from a defendant or to avoid a long and costly trial.

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Example sentences
Well a lot of people can keep their mouths shut till they get caught and plea
  bargain.
Now a plea bargain or even the dismissal of all charges against him seems
  likely.
In fact, his trial counsel negotiated an excellent plea bargain for him.
The prosecutor may also dismiss a charge as part of a plea bargain or diversion
  program.
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