plea bargaining - definition and synonyms

noun [uncountable] legal 

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/ˈpliː ˌbɑː(r)ɡənɪŋ/
  1. a process by which someone may be allowed to avoid punishment for a serious crime if they admit they have committed a less serious crime

derived word

plea bargain

  noun [countable]
singularplea bargain
pluralplea bargains