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