no contest

Definition of "no contest"
  1. A plea by a criminal defendant in court, technically not an admission of guilt, but treated as such for sentencing purposes and commonly used when a related lawsuit for damages is possible
How to use "no contest" in a sentence
  1. After consulting with his lawyer, he decided to enter a no contest plea to the charge against him.
  2. A no contest plea might be a safer choice when a civil lawsuit might arise out of the same incident.
  3. By choosing to plead no contest, the defendant prevented his plea from being used against him in a potential civil case.

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