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Noun: plea bargaining
  1. (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
    "plea bargaining helps to stop the courts becoming congested";
    - plea bargain
Verb: plea-bargain
  1. (law) agree to plead guilty in return for a lesser charge
    "If he plea-bargains, he will be sent to a medium-security prison for 8 years"

Type of: agree, bargaining

Encyclopedia: Plea bargaining