[ 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.

Nearby words

  1. plaza lasso, galo,
  2. plc,
  3. plea,
  4. plea bargain,
  5. plea bargaining,
  6. pleach,
  7. plead,
  8. pleadable,
  9. pleader,
  10. pleading

Origin of plea-bargain

First recorded in 1965–70

Related formsplea-bar·gain·er, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Culture 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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