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intransitive verb plea-bar·gained, plea-bar·gain·ing, plea-bar·gains
- pleaˈ barˌgain noun
- pleaˈ-barˌgain·ing noun
plea bargain - Cultural Definition
An agreement that permits a defendant to plead guilty to a lesser charge instead of pleading not guilty to a more serious one. Plea bargaining is usually undertaken by a prosecutor to obtain important information from a defendant or to avoid a long and costly trial.