Definition of “plea bargain” - English Dictionary

“plea bargain” in British English

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plea bargainnoun [ C ]

/ˈpliː ˌbɑː.ɡɪn/ /ˈpliː ˌbɑːr.ɡɪn/

an agreement to allow someone accused of a crime to admit to being guilty of a less serious crime, in order to avoid being tried for the more serious one

plea bargaining
noun [ U ] uk us

(Definition of “plea bargain” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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plea bargainnoun [ C ]

us /ˈpli ˌbɑr·ɡən/

social studies an agreement to allow someone accused of a crime to admit to being guilty of a less serious crime in order to avoid being tried for the more serious one

(Definition of “plea bargain” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)