death row


: a prison area housing inmates sentenced to death
usually used with on
prisoners waiting on death row

Examples of death row in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The narrative follows Cowart after receiving a letter from a death row inmate claiming innocence. Clayton Davis, Variety, 13 Feb. 2024 Idaho death row prisoner Thomas Creech claimed for years to have killed dozens of people but, as of a week ago, said the real number was fewer than 14. Kevin Fixler, Idaho Statesman, 25 Jan. 2024 Tennessee inmate on death row for 28 years fights for his freedom Lethal injection was seen as a more humane form of execution that would lead to instantaneous death, Zivot said. Mary Kekatos, ABC News, 24 Jan. 2024 Supreme Court agrees to hear case of Oklahoma death row inmate Richard Glossip Your tax refund could be bigger this year. Aimee Picchi, CBS News, 24 Jan. 2024 Although there are 107 people on death row, Japan carried out no executions in 2023 for the first time in thee years. Julia Mio Inuma, Washington Post, 25 Jan. 2024 That restriction formed the basis for a lawsuit filed by Rev. Jeffrey Hood, a spiritual adviser to death row inmates, challenging the use of nitrogen hypoxia in executions. Emily Mae Czachor, CBS News, 23 Jan. 2024 Since executions resumed, the state has killed two death row prisoners and has not had the kind of problems that plagued its previous attempts. Nicholas Bogel-Burroughs, New York Times, 23 Jan. 2024 Rodriguez was sitting on death row for 15 years when the judge who issued the sentence overturned the death penalty in an appeal ruling. Ivan Pereira, ABC News, 12 Jan. 2024 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1894, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of death row was in 1894

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“Death row.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Feb. 2024.

Legal Definition

death row

: a prison area housing inmates sentenced to death
death row adjective
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