Definition of plea bargaining noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary


plea bargaining

BrE BrE//ˈpliː bɑːɡənɪŋ//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈpliː bɑːrɡənɪŋ//
[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 cop a plea, turn King’s/Queen’s evidence
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: plea bargaining