Meaning of nolo contendere

no•lo con•ten•de•re

Pronunciation: (nō'lō kun-ten'du-rē), [key]
— Law. Law.
  1. (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.
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