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After a criminal defendant is found guilty, the court orders or sentences them their punishment, which, among other terms, may include prison, jail, probation, and fines.


 

Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary
sentence (noun)
1.
obsolete - opinion , especially a conclusion given on request or reached after deliberation
2.
a) - judgment , specifically one formally pronounced by a court or judge in a criminal proceeding and specifying the punishment to be inflicted upon the convict
b) the punishment so imposed - serve out a sentence
3.
archaic - maxim saw
4.
a) a word, clause, or phrase or a group of clauses or phrases forming a syntactic unit which expresses an assertion, a question, a command, a wish, an exclamation, or the performance of an action, that in writing usually begins with a capital letter and concludes with appropriate end punctuation, and that in speaking is distinguished by characteristic patterns of stress, pitch, and pauses
b) a mathematical or logical statement (as an equation or a proposition) in words or symbols
5.
- period
sentence (verb)
transitive verb
1.
to impose a sentence on
2.
to cause to suffer something - sentenced these most primitive cultures to extinction E. W. Count
Merriam-Webster Online Thesaurus
sentence (noun)
a decision made by a court or tribunal regarding a case it has heard
SYNONYMS:
doom, finding, holding, judgment ( judgement), ruling
RELATED WORDS:
inquest, verdict; authority; decree, edict, injunction, order; arbitrament, award, declaration, deliverance, dictum, pronouncement; conclusion, decision, determination, opinion, resolution; discipline, penalty, punishment
sentence (verb)
to impose a judicial punishment on
SYNONYMS:
condemn, damn, doom
RELATED WORDS:
adjudge, judge; castigate, censure, chasten, chastise, correct, discipline, penalize, punish; conclude, decide, decree, determine, find, opine, resolve, rule
NEAR ANTONYMS:
pardon, reprieve
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