Definition of nolo contendere in English:

nolo contendere


mass nounUS Law
  • A plea by which a defendant in a criminal prosecution accepts conviction but does not plead or admit guilt.

    ‘the majority of these entering pleas of nolo contendere’
    Also called no contest
    ‘the defendant pleaded nolo contendere to a single charge of income tax evasion’
    • ‘Before accepting a plea of nolo contendere, the court must consider the parties' views and the public interest in the effective administration of justice.’
    • ‘In the federal courts the defendant in a criminal prosecution may, under most circumstances, enter a plea of nolo contendere.’


Latin, literally ‘I do not wish to contend’.


nolo contendere

/ˌnəʊləʊ kɒnˈtɛndəri/