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Definitions of sentence

  1. pronounce a sentence on, in a court of law; " He was condemned to ten years in prison"
  2. a string of words satisfying the grammatical rules of a language; " he always spoke in grammatical sentences"
  3. Sense; meaning; significance.
  4. A philosophical or theological opinion; a dogma; as, Summary of the Sentences; Book of the Sentences.
  5. In civil and admiralty law, the judgment of a court pronounced in a cause; in criminal and ecclesiastical courts, a judgment passed on a criminal by a court or judge; condemnation pronounced by a judgical tribunal; doom. In common law, the term is exclusively used to denote the judgment in criminal cases.
  6. A short saying, usually containing moral instruction; a maxim; an axiom; a saw.
  7. A combination of words which is complete as expressing a thought, and in writing is marked at the close by a period, or full point. See Proposition, 4.
  8. To pass or pronounce judgment upon; to doom; to condemn to punishment; to prescribe the punishment of.
  9. To utter sententiously.
  10. Punishment in a criminal case. A sentence can range from a fine and community service to life imprisonment or death. For most crimes, the sentence is chosen by the trial judge; the jury chooses the sentence only in a capital case, when it must choose between life in prison without parole and death.
  11. Judgment, opinion, or decision; judgment pronounced by a court; a series of words containing a subject and a predicate, and expressing a thought completely.
  12. To condemn by judgment of a court.
  13. Opinion: a judgment pronounced on a criminal by a court or judge: a maxim: ( gram.) a number of words containing a complete thought.
  14. To pronounce judgment on: to condemn.
  15. Judgment pronounced; maxim; period in writing.
  16. To pass sentence upon.
  17. A group of words expressing a complete thought.
  18. A legal judgment.
  19. A determination; opinion.
  20. A maxim.
  21. An opinion; a judgement pronounced by a judge; judicial decision; a maxim; a number of words containing complete sense.
  22. To pronounce judgement on; to doom. See Sense.
  23. The judgment pronounced on a criminal by a judge; the degree or judgment of a court; a maxim; an opinion; a series of words so arranged as to convey complete sense, and followed by a dot or full point, thus (.).
  24. To pass judgment on, as a court; to doom; to condemn.
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Usage examples for sentence

  1. Surely the first part of the sentence is tall language. – A Houseful of Girls by Sarah Tytler
  2. Ken and his father caught a fragment of a sentence spoken by the Berkeley scientist, and then the operator came on. – The Year When Stardust Fell by Raymond F. Jones
  3. But he caught the last sentence. – The Co-Citizens by Corra Harris
  4. Shall I teslim before my sentence? – The Moghul by Thomas Hoover
  5. Then came the sentence. – The Crofton Boys by Harriet Martineau
  6. Helen repeated the sentence. – The High Calling by Charles M. Sheldon
  7. " Carry out the sentence of the Austrian court in the morning," he said. – The Mad King by Edgar Rice Burroughs
  8. Miss Marcy had entered as her aunt finished her sentence. – The Front Yard by Constance Fenimore Woolson
  9. " Because it is right," I replied slowly, feeling each sentence as a death- blow. – My Lady of the North by Randall Parrish
  10. The end of his sentence was a surprise to her. – The New Rector by Stanley J. Weyman
  11. To what purpose, with my impossible sentence? – Prison Memoirs of an Anarchist by Alexander Berkman
  12. Meanwhile the two had lowered their heads, waiting for their sentence. – Pinocchio in Africa by Cherubini
  13. He got- I think I am right when I say- yes, he was sent up in '07- he got seven years off his sentence." – More Tish by Mary Roberts Rinehart
  14. That is all the sentence means. – A Preface to Politics by Walter Lippmann
  15. And the second cause is this: that truly it seems better to me to write unto a child twice a good sentence, than to forget it once." – Chaucer by Adolphus William Ward
  16. Why on earth wasn't the last sentence finished? – The Confessions of Arsène Lupin by Maurice Leblanc
  17. Only she did not finish the sentence. – When Ghost Meets Ghost by William Frend De Morgan
  18. Do you suppose I think of you in the same sentence? – Mr. Waddington of Wyck by May Sinclair
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