con·fes·sion n
1: an act of confessing
2: an acknowledgment of a fact or allegation as true or proven; esp: a written or oral statement by an accused party acknowledging the party's guilt (as by admitting commission of a crime) compare admission; declaration against interest at declaration, self-incrimination
◇ Courts differ on how a confession establishes the accused's guilt; for example, in some jurisdictions the confession has to establish all the necessary elements of the crime. In order to be admissible as evidence, a confession must be voluntary. A guilty plea is considered a judicial confession.

Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary of Law. . 1996.

I noun acknowledgment, acknowledgment of guilt, acquiescence, admission, admission of fault, admission of guilt, assertion, avowal of guilt, confirmation, declaration, disclosure, disclosure of fault, divulgement, divulgence, exclamation, exomologesis, incriminating statement, inculpatory statement, pronouncement, purgation, revealment, self-accusation, self-condemnation, statement, utterance associated concepts: confessed judgment, confession and avoidance, confession of error, extrajudicial confessions, implied confession, involuntary confession, judgment by confession, judicial confession, voluntary confession, written confession foreign phrases:
- Confessus in fudicio pro fudicato habetur, et quodammodo sua sententia damnatur. — A person confessing his guilt in court is deemed to have been found guilty, and is, in a manner, condemned by his own sentence.
- Cum confkente sponte mitius est agendum. — One making a voluntary confession is to be dealt with more leniently
II index acknowledgment (avowal), admission (disclosure), avowal, disclosure (act of disclosing), disclosure (something disclosed), profession (declaration)

Burton's Legal Thesaurus. . 2006

Voluntary statement by an accused, orally or in writing, in which the accused admits guilt of a particular crime or crimes
Category: Criminal Law
Category: Small Claims Court & Lawsuits

Nolo’s Plain-English Law Dictionary. . 2009.

n. An admission that one has committed a crime or any other incriminating statement made by a person.
@ coerced confession
A confession induced by the police or other law enforcement officers' use of threats or force.
=>> confession.
@ involuntary confession
1 A confession induced by the police or other law enforcement officers' use of coercion, deceit, promises, or psychological pressure.
2 A confession obtained in violation of the Miranda Rule.
=>> confession.
@ oral confession
A confession that is not involuntary. Also called voluntary confession.
=>> confession.
@ voluntary confession
A confession that is not involuntary. Also called oral confession.
=>> confession.
@ confession and avoidance
n. A pleading in which a defendant admits the allegations against him, but alleges additional facts that negates the adverse legal effect of what he has admitted. For example, in a state where adultery is a ground for divorce, a plea of condonation would be a confession and avoidance.
@ confession of judgment
1 A person or entity's voluntary agreement to the entry against them of a judgment in favor of another person or entity upon the occurrence or nonoccurrence of an event without the cost, formality, or time of a legal action or the presentation of a defense in court. Also called cognovit judgment.
2 A judgment taken against a defendant by a plaintiff pursuant to such an agreement, especially if the defendant owes money to the plaintiff at the time the agreement was made, and the event that allows the plaintiff to enter the judgment is the defendant's failure to pay the amount owed or a portion thereof on time. Also called cognovit judgment.
3 The document wherein a defendant made such an agreement before the judgment was entered.

Webster's New World Law Dictionary. . 2000.

A statement by which an individual acknowledges his or her guilt in the commission of a crime.

Dictionary from West's Encyclopedia of American Law. 2005.

A statement by which an individual acknowledges his or her guilt in the commission of a crime.

Short Dictionary of (mostly American) Legal Terms and Abbreviations.

   the statement of one charged with a crime that he/she committed the crime. Such an admission is generally put in writing (by the confessor, law enforcement officers or their stenographer) and then read and signed by the defendant. If the defendant cannot read English, he/she has the right to have his/her confession read aloud or translated. It can be used against the defendant in trial (and his/her codefendants) if it is truly voluntary.

Law dictionary. . 2013.

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