[noh-loh kuh n-ten-duh-ree] /ˈnoʊ loʊ kənˈtɛn də ri/

noun, Law.
(in a criminal case) a defendant’s pleading that does not admit guilt but subjects him or her to punishment as though a guilty plea had been entered, the determination of guilt remaining open in other proceedings.
/ˈnəʊləʊ kɒnˈtɛndərɪ/
(law, mainly US) a plea made by a defendant to a criminal charge having the same effect in those proceedings as a plea of guilty but not precluding him from denying the charge in a subsequent action

in law, a plea by the defendant in a criminal prosecution of not contending a conviction as though a guilty plea had been entered but not admitting guilt; also called nolo
Word Origin

L. lit. I do not wish to contend

Latin, literally “I do not wish to contend.” A plea that admits no guilt but subjects the defendant to judgment.
nolo contendere [(noh-loh kuhn-ten-duh-ree, kuhn-ten-duh-ray)]

A plea that can be entered in a criminal or civil case, by which an accused person neither admits guilt nor proclaims innocence of a charge. Nolo contendere is Latin for “I do not wish to contend.”


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