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nolo contendere Syllabification: no·lo con·ten·de·re
Pronunciation: /ˌnōlō kənˈtendərē/

Definition of nolo contendere in English:


(also nolo) Law
A plea by which a defendant in a criminal prosecution accepts conviction as though a guilty plea had been entered but does not admit guilt.
Example sentences
  • In the federal courts the defendant in a criminal prosecution may, under most circumstances, enter a plea of nolo contendere.
  • Before accepting a plea of nolo contendere, the court must consider the parties' views and the public interest in the effective administration of justice.


Latin, literally 'I do not wish to contend'.

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