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noun sen·tence \ˈsen-tən(t)s, -tənz\

Simple Definition of sentence

  • : 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

  1. 1 obsolete :  opinion; especially :  a conclusion given on request or reached after deliberation

  2. 2a :  judgment 2a; specifically :  one formally pronounced by a court or judge in a criminal proceeding and specifying the punishment to be inflicted upon the convictb :  the punishment so imposed <serve out a sentence>

  3. 3 archaic :  maxim, saw

  4. 4a :  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 pausesb :  a mathematical or logical statement (as an equation or a proposition) in words or symbols

  5. 5 :  period 2b

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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sentence

transitive verb sen·tence

Simple Definition of sentence

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

Full Definition of sentence

sen·tencedsen·tenc·ing

  1. 1 :  to impose a sentence on

  2. 2 :  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>



1592

First Known Use of sentence

1592



SENTENCE Defined for Kids

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sentence

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noun sen·tence \ˈsen-təns\

Definition of sentence

  1. 1 :  a group of words that makes a statement, asks a question, or expresses a command, wish, or exclamation

  2. 2 :  punishment set by a court <He served a sentence for robbery.>

  3. 3 :  a mathematical statement (as an equation) in words or symbols




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sentence

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verb sen·tence

Definition of sentence

sen·tencedsen·tenc·ing

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





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