nolo contendere

nolo contendere
nolo con·ten·de·re /-kən-'ten-də-rē, -rā/ n [Latin, I do not wish to contend]: a plea by a defendant in a criminal prosecution that without admitting guilt subjects the defendant to conviction as in the case of a guilty plea but that does not bar denial of the truth of the charges in another proceeding (as a civil action based on the same acts) – called also no contest, non vult contendere; compare guilty, not guilty 1

Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary of Law. . 1996.

nolo contendere
(Latin) “I do not want to contend,” or “I am unwilling to contest it”; a plea used by a defendant in a criminal case that neither admits nor denies charges but has most of the effects of a guilty plea.

The Essential Law Dictionary. — Sphinx Publishing, An imprint of Sourcebooks, Inc. . 2008.

nolo contendere
'it is not intended to contend', a plea permissible in certain US jurisdictions whereby a person accused of a crime can be disposed of without, however, the accused admitting his guilt. It is not allowed in the UK, and pleas of convenience – 'I can't be bothered fighting this and would like to get it over with' – are frowned upon and usually treated as pleas of not guilty, resulting in the case having to proceed to a trial.

Collins dictionary of law. . 2001.

nolo contendere
(no-low-kon-ten-der-ee) See: no contest
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Nolo’s Plain-English Law Dictionary. . 2009.

nolo contendere
n. Latin A plea available in certain jurisdictions in which a party declines to contest a charge without formally admitting guilt.

Webster's New World Law Dictionary. . 2000.

nolo contendere
(Latin: I will not contest it.)
A plea in a criminal case by which the defendant answers the charges made in the indictment by declining to dispute or admit the fact of his or her guilt.

Dictionary from West's Encyclopedia of American Law. 2005.

nolo contendere
[Latin, I will not contest it.] A plea in a criminal case by which the defendant answers the charges made in the indictment by declining to dispute or admit the fact of his or her guilt.
II I do not with to contend; a plea entered by a defendant.

Short Dictionary of (mostly American) Legal Terms and Abbreviations.

nolo contendere
[no-low kahn-ten-durr-ray]
   Latin for "I will not contest" the charges, which is a plea made by a defendant to a criminal charge, allowing the judge to then find him/her guilty, often called a "plea of no contest."
   See also: no contest

Law dictionary. . 2013.

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