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Meaning of SENTENCE

Pronunciation:  'sentns

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  (criminal law) a final judgment of guilty in a criminal case and the punishment that is imposed; "the conviction came as no surprise"
  2. [n]  a string of words satisfying the grammatical rules of a language; "he always spoke in grammatical sentences"
  3. [n]  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. [v]  pronounce a sentence on, in a court of law; "He was condemned to ten years in prison"

SENTENCE is a 8 letter word that starts with S.


 Synonyms: condemn, condemnation, conviction, doom, judgment of conviction, prison term, time
 Antonyms: acquittal
 See Also: clause, complex sentence, compound sentence, constituent, convict, court-martial, declarative sentence, declaratory sentence, declare, final decision, final judgment, foredoom, grammatical constituent, hard time, interrogation, interrogative, interrogative sentence, linguistic string, murder conviction, question, rape conviction, reprobate, robbery conviction, run-on sentence, string, string of words, term, topic sentence, word string



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Sen"tence\, n. [F., from L. sententia, for sentientia,
    from sentire to discern by the senses and the mind, to feel,
    to think. See {Sense}, n., and cf. {Sentiensi}.]
    1. Sense; meaning; significance. [Obs.]
             Tales of best sentence and most solace. --Chaucer.
             The discourse itself, voluble enough, and full of
             sentence.                             --Milton.
       (a) An opinion; a decision; a determination; a judgment,
           especially one of an unfavorable nature.
                 My sentence is for open war.      --Milton.
                 That by them [Luther's works] we may pass
                 sentence upon his doctrines.      --Atterbury.
       (b) A philosophical or theological opinion; a dogma; as,
           Summary of the Sentences; Book of the Sentences.
    3. (Law) 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.
             Received the sentence of the law.     --Shak.
    4. A short saying, usually containing moral instruction; a
       maxim; an axiom; a saw. --Broome.
    5. (Gram.) 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.
    Note: Sentences are simple or compound. A simple sentence
          consists of one subject and one finite verb; as, ``The
          Lord reigns.'' A compound sentence contains two or more
          subjects and finite verbs, as in this verse:
                He fills, he bounds, connects, and equals all.
    {Dark sentence}, a saving not easily explained.
             A king . . . understanding dark sentences. --Dan.
                                                   vii. 23.
  2. \Sen"tence\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Sentenced}; p. pr. &
    vb. n. {Sentencing}.]
    1. To pass or pronounce judgment upon; to doom; to condemn to
       punishment; to prescribe the punishment of.
             Nature herself is sentenced in your doom. --Dryden.
    2. To decree or announce as a sentence. [Obs.] --Shak.
    3. To utter sententiously. [Obs.] --Feltham.
Computing Dictionary

A collection of clauses.

Legal Dictionary
 Definition: The punishment ordered by a court for a defendant convicted of a crime. (See concurrent and consecutive sentences.)