Definition of plea bargaining noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary

 

plea bargaining

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[uncountable](law)
 
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an arrangement in court by which a person admits to being guilty of a smaller crime in the hope of receiving less severe punishment for a more serious crime compare state's evidence
plea bargain
 
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noun He reached a plea bargain with the authorities.
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