from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.
- intransitive verb To agree to plead guilty, especially to a lesser criminal offense, in exchange for some concession from the prosecution, such as dismissal of more serious charges.
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- noun US, law An
agreementin which a defendantagrees to plead guiltyto a lesser charge instead of not guiltyto a greater one
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- noun (criminal law) a negotiation in which the defendant agrees to enter a plea of guilty to a lesser charge and the prosecutor agrees to drop a more serious charge
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