- In some legal systems, a plea bargain is an agreement that, if an accused person says they are guilty, they will be charged with a less serious crime or will receive a less severe punishment. A plea bargain was offered by the state assuring her that she would not go to prison.
- If an accused person plea bargains or plea-bargains, they accept a plea bargain. More and more criminals will agree to plea-bargain.
plea bargaining uncount noun ...the introduction of a system of plea bargaining.