Definition of life sentence
: the punishment of being sent to prison for the rest of one's life He received a life sentence for his crimes.
Word by Word Definitions
: the quality that distinguishes a vital and functional being from a dead body
: a principle or force that is considered to underlie the distinctive quality of animate beings
: an organismic state characterized by capacity for metabolism (see metabolism 1), growth, reaction to stimuli, and reproduction
: of or relating to animate being
: using a living model
: a conclusion given on request or reached after deliberation
: to impose a sentence on
: to cause to suffer something
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