Definitions of sentence

  1. pronounce a sentence on, in a court of law; " He was condemned to ten years in prison"
  2. 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"
  3. a string of words satisfying the grammatical rules of a language; " he always spoke in grammatical sentences"
  4. Sense; meaning; significance.
  5. A philosophical or theological opinion; a dogma; as, Summary of the Sentences; Book of the Sentences.
  6. 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.
  7. A short saying, usually containing moral instruction; a maxim; an axiom; a saw.
  8. 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.
  9. To pass or pronounce judgment upon; to doom; to condemn to punishment; to prescribe the punishment of.
  10. To decree or announce as a sentence.
  11. To utter sententiously.
  12. 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.
  13. Judgment, opinion, or decision; judgment pronounced by a court; a series of words containing a subject and a predicate, and expressing a thought completely.
  14. To condemn by judgment of a court.
  15. Opinion: a judgment pronounced on a criminal by a court or judge: a maxim: ( gram.) a number of words containing a complete thought.
  16. To pronounce judgment on: to condemn.
  17. Judgment pronounced; maxim; period in writing.
  18. To pass sentence upon.
  19. A group of words expressing a complete thought.
  20. A legal judgment.
  21. A determination; opinion.
  22. A maxim.
  23. An opinion; a judgement pronounced by a judge; judicial decision; a maxim; a number of words containing complete sense.
  24. To pronounce judgement on; to doom. See Sense.
  25. 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 (.).
  26. To pass judgment on, as a court; to doom; to condemn.

Usage examples for sentence

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