- to engage in plea bargaining.
- 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
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.