Definition of nolo contendere in US English:

nolo contendere

(also nolo)


US Law
  • A plea by which a defendant in a criminal prosecution accepts conviction as though a guilty plea had been entered but does not admit guilt.

    • ‘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

/ˌnōlō kənˈtendərē/