Definition of no contest in US English:

no contest


  • 1US Law
    A plea by which a defendant in a criminal prosecution accepts conviction but does not plead or admit guilt.

    ‘he pleaded no contest to two misdemeanor counts’
    • ‘This comes after prosecutors claim the singer failed a drug test and violated her probation after pleading no contest to assaulting a woman.’
    • ‘On November 6, he pleaded no contest to grand theft and tax evasion.’
    • ‘Her twin sister, Barbara, last month pleaded no contest to underage possession of alcohol stemming from the same May visit to a popular Mexican restaurant in Austin, the Texas capital.’
    • ‘In addition, the boy's father pleaded no contest to spousal abuse in 2001.’
    • ‘The so-called runaway bride has pleaded no contest to a felony charge of making false statements to police.’
    • ‘This comes, of course, less than a month after Jenna pled no contest to alcohol possession, after she was picked up in sweep of nightclubs by the city police.’
    • ‘Of the approximately 77,000 defendants convicted on federal charges in 2001, 97 percent pleaded guilty or no contest.’
    • ‘Even ravers who pleaded no contest and paid a reduced fine will get their money back.’
    • ‘He pled no contest and will receive 18 months probation.’
    • ‘Irvin pleaded no contest to cocaine possession, was sentenced to four years of probation, about 800 hours of community service and a $10,000 fine.’
    • ‘Last week, Bennett pled no contest to some misdemeanor charges from the incident and will have no further obstacles in the case.’
    • ‘His campaign unraveled because of charges of campaign finance violations to which he pleaded no contest.’
    • ‘Second, having a leader who has pleaded no contest to a crime will almost certainly improve the opposition's chances in the next election, if they can only get their act together.’
    • ‘I think he pled no contest because the district attorney was going to put two more felony child abuses charges on him and a sexual assault charge.’
    • ‘The juvenile antagonist pleaded no contest to a misdemeanor aggravated battery charge and received probation.’
    • ‘Originally charged with felony assault with a deadly weapon, she pleaded no contest Thursday to a reduced assault charge.’
    • ‘Anyway, for Scott, it's great news, as he has managed to swerve a trial for possession of coke and heroin by pleading no contest and doing the twelve-step reshuffle.’
    • ‘That came six months after she pleaded no contest in Los Angeles to hit and run, drunken driving, and driving with a suspended license.’
    • ‘Ross, who telephoned into the city court hearing from New York, pleaded no contest to DUI.’
    • ‘He pleaded no contest and was placed on 10 years' probation in that 1991 case.’
  • 2A decision by the referee to declare a boxing match invalid on the grounds that one or both of the boxers are not making serious efforts.

    • ‘The fight was no contest as he pulverized his opponent in just over two minutes.’
    • ‘That match was no contest as the American romped home 6-2 6-3.’
    • ‘In their first meeting Aug.28, 1998 in Las Vegas, the fight ended in the fourth round as a no contest when the referee the fighters from a clinch on the ropes.’
    • ‘His last foray into the ring was in February when his fight with Raul was declared a no contest.’
    • ‘The match was ruled no contest when Triple H ran in to help X-Pac.’
    1. 2.1 A competition, comparison, or choice of which the outcome is a foregone conclusion.
      ‘when the two teams faced each other it was no contest’
      • ‘But a torch to compete with blazing headlights is no contest.’
      • ‘But in the end the choice between sales and administration was no contest.’
      • ‘I again ask people to think about this argument about freedom of choice, because there is just no contest.’
      • ‘There is absolutely no contest comparing the new soundtrack to the old.’
      • ‘In any contest involving debate, there would be no contest.’
      • ‘New Yorkers are nicer, and way more real - it's no contest.’
      • ‘If one accepts the choice of national interest vs. altruism, there is no contest as to which will triumph.’
      • ‘All we'll say is this, when there's a choice between freedoms and knee-jerk politics, there's no contest with this government.’
      • ‘He threw in a few attention-seeking barbs, but as a popularity competition, it was no contest.’
      • ‘When horror on screen is competing with the real world, there really is no contest.’