sentencing guideline

noun

US criminal law
: one of a set of rules for computing sentences that is promulgated by a commission on sentencing and that typically provides classifications (such as offenses or offenders), scales (as of severity of crimes), and suggested punishments

Word History

First Known Use

1975, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of sentencing guideline was in 1975

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“Sentencing guideline.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/sentencing%20guideline. Accessed 2 Dec. 2022.

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