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noun sen·tence \ˈsen-tən(t)s, -tənz\

: a group of words that expresses a statement, question, command, or wish

law : the punishment given by a court of law

Full Definition of SENTENCE

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obsolete :  opinion; especially :  a conclusion given on request or reached after deliberation
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a :  judgment 2a; specifically :  one formally pronounced by a court or judge in a criminal proceeding and specifying the punishment to be inflicted upon the convict
b :  the punishment so imposed <serve out a sentence>
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archaic :  maxim, saw
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a :  a word, clause, or phrase or a group of clauses or phrases forming a syntactic unit which expresses an assertion, a question, a command, a wish, an exclamation, or the performance of an action, that in writing usually begins with a capital letter and concludes with appropriate end punctuation, and that in speaking is distinguished by characteristic patterns of stress, pitch, and pauses
b :  a mathematical or logical statement (as an equation or a proposition) in words or symbols
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:  period 2b
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Examples of SENTENCE

  1. He is serving a 10-year sentence for armed robbery.
  2. <the court-martial pronounced a sentence of not guilty on all counts of cowardice>

Origin of SENTENCE

Middle English, from Anglo-French, from Latin sententia feeling, opinion, from *sentent-, *sentens, irregular present participle of sentire to feel — more at sense
First Known Use: 14th century

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transitive verb

law : to officially state the punishment given to (someone) by a court of law

sen·tencedsen·tenc·ing

Full Definition of SENTENCE

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:  to impose a sentence on
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:  to cause to suffer something <sentenced these most primitive cultures to extinction — E. W. Count>

Examples of SENTENCE

  1. The defendant was sentenced and fined.
  2. <the judge sentenced him to a fine of $50 and time served>

First Known Use of SENTENCE

1592
SENTENCE Defined for Kids

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noun sen·tence \ˈsen-təns\

Definition of SENTENCE for Kids

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:  a group of words that makes a statement, asks a question, or expresses a command, wish, or exclamation
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:  punishment set by a court <He served a sentence for robbery.>
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:  a mathematical statement (as an equation) in words or symbols

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verb
sen·tencedsen·tenc·ing

Definition of SENTENCE for Kids

:  to set the punishment of <The judge sentenced the prisoner.>
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