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Definition 1: (criminal law) a final judgment of guilty in a criminal case and the punishment that is imposed - [noun denoting act]

Samples where sentence or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • the conviction came as no surprise

Synonyms for sentence in the sense of this definition

(sentence is a kind of ...) a judgment disposing of the case before the court; after the judgment (or an appeal from it) is rendered all that remains is to enforce the judgment

(... is a kind of sentence ) conviction for murder

(... is a kind of sentence ) conviction for rape

(... is a kind of sentence ) conviction for robbery

(sentence belongs to category ...) the body of law dealing with crimes and their punishment

Definition 2: a string of words satisfying the grammatical rules of a language - [noun denoting communication]

Samples where sentence or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • he always spoke in grammatical sentences

(sentence is a kind of ...) a linear sequence of words as spoken or written

(... is a kind of sentence ) a sentence having no coordinate clauses or subordinate clauses

(... is a kind of sentence ) a sentence that states the topic of its paragraph

(... is a kind of sentence ) an ungrammatical sentence in which two or more independent clauses are conjoined without a conjunction

(... is a kind of sentence ) a sentence (in the indicative mood) that makes a declaration

(... is a kind of sentence ) a sentence composed of at least two coordinate independent clauses

(... is a kind of sentence ) a sentence composed of at least one main clause and one subordinate clause

(... is a kind of sentence ) a sentence of inquiry that asks for a reply

"he asked a direct question" "he had trouble phrasing his interrogations"

(sentence is a part of ...) (grammar) an expression including a subject and predicate functioning as a part of a complex sentence

(sentence is a part of ...) (grammar) a word or phrase or clause forming part of a larger grammatical construction

Definition 3: the period of time a prisoner is imprisoned - [noun denoting time]

Samples where sentence or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • he served a prison term of 15 months
  • his sentence was 5 to 10 years
  • he is doing time in the county jail

Synonyms for sentence in the sense of this definition

(sentence is a kind of ...) a limited period of time

"a prison term" "he left school before the end of term"

(... is a kind of sentence ) a term served in a maximum security prison

(... is a kind of sentence ) a prison term lasting as long as the prisoner lives

"he got life for killing the guard"

Definition 4: pronounce a sentence on (somebody) in a court of law - [verb of communication]

Samples where sentence or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • He was condemned to ten years in prison

Synonyms for sentence in the sense of this definition

(sentence is a kind of ...) state emphatically and authoritatively

"He declared that he needed more money to carry out the task he was charged with"

(... is a kind of sentence ) doom beforehand

(... is a kind of sentence ) abandon to eternal damnation

"God reprobated the unrepenting sinner"

(sentence implies ...) find or declare guilty

"The man was convicted of fraud and sentenced"

(sentence belongs to category ...) the collection of rules imposed by authority

"civilization presupposes respect for the law" "the great problem for jurisprudence to allow freedom while enforcing order"

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