from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • intransitive verb To agree to plead guilty, especially to a lesser criminal offense, in exchange for some concession from the prosecution, such as dismissal of more serious charges.

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  • noun US, law An agreement in which a defendant agrees to plead guilty to a lesser charge instead of not guilty to a greater one

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  • noun (criminal law) a negotiation in which the defendant agrees to enter a plea of guilty to a lesser charge and the prosecutor agrees to drop a more serious charge


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