nolo contendereno·lo con·ten·de·re
Law a plea by which a defendant in a criminal case does not make a defense but does not admit guilt: it leaves the defendant open to conviction but does not prejudice his or her case in collateral proceedings
Origin of nolo contendereL, literally , I do not wish to contest (it)
A plea made by the defendant in a criminal action that is substantially but not technically an admission of guilt and subjects the defendant to punishment but permits denial of the alleged facts in other proceedings.
Origin of nolo contendereLatin nōlō contendere I do not wish to contend nōlō first person sing. present tense of nōlle to be unwilling contendere to contend
(plural nolo contenderes)
- (law) 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.
Directly from Latin nolo contendere (“I do not wish to contend").
nolo contendere - Legal Definition
A plea available in certain jurisdictions in which a party declines to contest a charge without formally admitting guilt.