Definitions for nolo contendereˈnoʊ loʊ kənˈtɛn də ri

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. nolo contendere, non vult(noun)

    (law) an answer of `no contest' by a defendant who does not admit guilt but that subjects him to conviction


  1. nolo contendere(Noun)

    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.

  2. Origin: Directly from nolo contendere.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Nolo contendere

    a plea, by the defendant, in a criminal prosecution, which, without admitting guilt, subjects him to all the consequences of a plea of quilty

  2. Origin: [L., I do not wish to contend.]


  1. Nolo contendere

    Nolo contendere is a legal term that comes from the Latin for "I do not wish to contend." It is also referred to as a plea of no contest. In criminal trials in certain U.S. jurisdictions, it is a plea where the defendant neither admits nor disputes a charge, serving as an alternative to a pleading of guilty or not guilty. A no-contest plea, while not technically a guilty plea, has the same immediate effect as a guilty plea, and is often offered as a part of a plea bargain. In many jurisdictions a plea of nolo contendere is not a right, and carries various restrictions on its use.


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