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’
    • ‘In the federal courts the defendant in a criminal prosecution may, under most circumstances, enter a plea of nolo contendere.’
    • ‘Before accepting a plea of nolo contendere, the court must consider the parties' views and the public interest in the effective administration of justice.’


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


nolo contendere

/ˌnəʊləʊ kɒnˈtɛndəri/