Word forms: plea bargains
, plea bargaining
, plea bargained
1. countable noun In some legal systems, a plea bargain is an agreement that, if an accused person says they are guilty, they will be charged with a less serious crime or will receive a less severe punishment. ⇒ A plea bargain was offered by the state assuring her that she would not go to prison. 2. verb
If an accused person plea bargains, they accept a plea bargain. [V] ⇒ More and more criminals will agree to plea-bargain.
uncountable noun ⇒ ...the introduction of a system of plea bargaining.
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