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[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.
Origin of plea-bargain
First recorded in 1965-70
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plea-bargainer, noun Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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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.

The New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition
Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Company.
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