re·​sen·​tence (ˌ)rē-ˈsen-tᵊn(t)s How to pronounce resentence (audio)
resentenced; resentencing

transitive verb

: to impose a new or revised sentence or punishment on (someone who has already been sentenced for a crime) : to sentence (someone) again
… appeals have resulted in some death row inmates being resentenced to life.Mark Scolforo

Examples of resentence in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Otherwise, they will be resentenced to time served. Victoria Stavish, Baltimore Sun, 27 June 2023 He was sentenced to death by an all-White jury, then resentenced to life in prison in 2009 due to a technicality related to the sentencing phase of his trial. Carlos Suarez, CNN, 22 June 2023 States could either release them or resentence them. Dahleen Glanton,, 22 Feb. 2021 The two were drawn into each other’s orbit last year, when Flint’s resentencing petition landed in Lowenthal’s court. James Queally, Los Angeles Times, 31 May 2023 Recently, Smith was resentenced after his lawyers pushed back. Kyle Whitmire, al, 12 Apr. 2023 Felsen asked that Alston be resentenced before a different judge. Dan Morse, Washington Post, 18 Jan. 2023 As a result, Sanchez was resentenced in San Francisco. Sam Whiting, San Francisco Chronicle, 8 May 2023 Hawthorne was subsequently resentenced, this time to 66 years in prison. Barnini Chakraborty, Washington Examiner, 1 May 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1839, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of resentence was in 1839

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Cite this Entry

“Resentence.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Feb. 2024.

Legal Definition


transitive verb
ˌrē-ˈsent-ᵊns, -ᵊnz
: to sentence again
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