nolo contendere 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
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