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plea-bargain

[ plee-bahr-gin ]
/ ˈpliˌbɑr gɪn /
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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.
noun
the agreement arrived at as a result of plea bargaining.
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Origin of plea-bargain

First recorded in 1965–70

OTHER WORDS FROM plea-bargain

plea-bar·gain·er, noun
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How to use plea-bargain in a sentence

Cultural definitions for plea-bargain

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.

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