from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A plea made by the defendant in a criminal action that is substantially but not technically an admission of guilt and subjects the defendant to punishment but permits denial of the alleged facts in other proceedings.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. No contest. The designation of a plea that means that the defendant does not admit the charge, but has no means to dispute it that the court will recognize.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- A plea, by the defendant, in a criminal prosecution, which, without admitting guilt, subjects him to all the consequences of a plea of guilty.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In criminal law, a plea equivalent, as against the prosecution, to that of “guilty.” It submits to the punishment, but does not admit the facts alleged.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. (law) an answer of `no contest' by a defendant who does not admit guilt but that subjects him to conviction
Latin nōlō contendere, I do not wish to contend : nōlō, first person sing. present tense of nōlle, to be unwilling + contendere, to contend.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Directly from Latin nolo contendere ("I do not wish to contend"). (Wiktionary)