Definition of nolo contendere in English:

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nolo contendere

Pronunciation: /ˌnəʊləʊ kɒnˈtɛndəri/


[mass noun] US Law
A plea by which a defendant in a criminal prosecution accepts conviction but does not plead or admit guilt: the majority of these entering pleas of nolo contendere the defendant pleaded nolo contendere to a single charge of income tax evasion Also called no contest.
More 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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