Definitions of sentence

  1. pronounce a sentence on, in a court of law; " He was condemned to ten years in prison"
  2. ( criminal law) a final judgment of guilty in a criminal case and the punishment that is imposed; " the conviction came as no surprise"
  3. the period of time a prisoner is imprisoned; " he served a prison term of 15 months"; " his sentence was 5 to 10 years"; " he is doing time in the county jail"
  4. a string of words satisfying the grammatical rules of a language; " he always spoke in grammatical sentences"
  5. pronounce a sentence on ( somebody) in a court of law; " He was condemned to ten years in prison"
  6. Sense; meaning; significance.
  7. An opinion; a decision; a determination; a judgment, especially one of an unfavorable nature.
  8. A philosophical or theological opinion; a dogma; as, Summary of the Sentences; Book of the Sentences.
  9. 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.
  10. A short saying, usually containing moral instruction; a maxim; an axiom; a saw.
  11. 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.
  12. To pass or pronounce judgment upon; to doom; to condemn to punishment; to prescribe the punishment of.
  13. To decree or announce as a sentence.
  14. To utter sententiously.
  15. 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.
  16. Judgment, opinion, or decision; judgment pronounced by a court; a series of words containing a subject and a predicate, and expressing a thought completely.
  17. To condemn by judgment of a court.
  18. Opinion: a judgment pronounced on a criminal by a court or judge: a maxim: ( gram.) a number of words containing a complete thought.
  19. To pronounce judgment on: to condemn.
  20. Judgment pronounced; maxim; period in writing.
  21. To pass sentence upon.
  22. A group of words expressing a complete thought.
  23. A legal judgment.
  24. A determination; opinion.
  25. A maxim.
  26. An opinion; a judgement pronounced by a judge; judicial decision; a maxim; a number of words containing complete sense.
  27. To pronounce judgement on; to doom. See Sense.
  28. 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 (.).
  29. To pass judgment on, as a court; to doom; to condemn.

Quotes of sentence

  1. Every sentence I utter must be understood not as an affirmation, but as a question. – Niels Bohr
  2. Sentence first, verdict afterwards. – Lewis Carroll
  3. Every sentence has a truth waiting at the end of it and the writer learns how to know it when he finally gets there. – Don DeLillo
  4. Detachment produces a peculiar state of mind. Maybe that's the worst sentence of all, to be deprived of feeling what a human being ought to be entitled to feel. – James Dickey
  5. His genius he was quite content in one brief sentence to define; Of inspiration one percent, of perspiration, ninety nine. – Thomas A. Edison
  6. It rarely adds anything to say, "In my opinion"- not even modesty. Naturally a sentence is only your opinion; and you are not the Pope. – Paul Goodman
  7. When you translate poetry in particular, you're obliged to look at how the writer with whom you're working puts together words, sentences, phrases, the triple tension between the line of verse, the syntax and the sentence – Marilyn Hacker
  8. That is what I define as a novel: something that has a beginning, a middle and an end, with characters and a plot that sustain interest from the first sentence to the last. But that is not what I do at all. – Guillermo Cabrera Infante
  9. You need a very, exceptionally clear vision. And to me, a vision is something that you can say in one sentence The fewer the words the better. – Ron Johnson
  10. The theory of Communism may be summed up in one sentence Abolish all private property. – Karl Marx
  11. I would love for the time to come where somebody can talk about me and not have to talk about Britney and Christina in the same sentence – Jessica Simpson
  12. Salman Rushdie, indeed any writer who abuses the prophet or indeed any prophet under Islamic law, the sentence for that is actually death. – Cat Stevens
  13. Every neurosis is a primitive form of legal proceeding in which the accused carries on the prosecution, imposes judgment and executes the sentence all to the end that someone else should not perform the same process. – Lionel Trilling
  14. I was told to challenge every spiritual teacher, every world leader to utter the one sentence that no religion, no political party, and no nation on the face of the earth will dare utter: 'Ours is not a better way, ours is merely another way. – Neale Donald Walsch
  15. When people start writing there is this idea that you have to get everything right first time, every sentence has to be perfect, every paragraph has to be perfect, every chapter has to be perfect, but what you're doing is not any kind of public show, until you're ready for it. – Irvine Welsh

Usage examples for sentence

  1. 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
  2. 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
  3. Surely the first part of the sentence is tall language. – A Houseful of Girls by Sarah Tytler
  4. The end of his sentence was a surprise to her. – The New Rector by Stanley J. Weyman
  5. To what purpose, with my impossible sentence – Prison Memoirs of an Anarchist by Alexander Berkman
  6. 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
  7. But he caught the last sentence – The Co-Citizens by Corra Harris
  8. They accepted their sentence because it was the mother- city who passed it. – A Handbook to the Works of Browning (6th ed.) by Mrs. Sutherland Orr
  9. Helen repeated the sentence – The High Calling by Charles M. Sheldon
  10. " Carry out the sentence of the Austrian court in the morning," he said. – The Mad King by Edgar Rice Burroughs
  11. Then came the sentence – The Crofton Boys by Harriet Martineau
  12. Do you suppose I think of you in the same sentence – Mr. Waddington of Wyck by May Sinclair
  13. " Because it is right," I replied slowly, feeling each sentence as a death- blow. – My Lady of the North by Randall Parrish
  14. Your sentence was very unexpected. – The Rector of St. Mark's by Mary J. Holmes
  15. That is all the sentence means. – A Preface to Politics by Walter Lippmann
  16. Only she did not finish the sentence – When Ghost Meets Ghost by William Frend De Morgan
  17. Shall I teslim before my sentence – The Moghul by Thomas Hoover
  18. Meanwhile the two had lowered their heads, waiting for their sentence – Pinocchio in Africa by Cherubini
  19. Why on earth wasn't the last sentence finished? – The Confessions of Arsène Lupin by Maurice Leblanc
  20. Miss Marcy had entered as her aunt finished her sentence – The Front Yard by Constance Fenimore Woolson

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