- Sentence is defined as a statement or question made with group of words including a subject, verb and object.
An example of sentence is a group of words in a book that begins with a capital letter and ends with a punctuation mark.
- Sentence means a ruling of punishment made by a judge in a court case.
An example of sentence is twenty years in prison after a murder conviction.
- To sentence is defined as to give someone a punishment.
An example of sentence is a judge ordering a criminal to serve two years in jail.
A judge pronounces a sentence for a crime.
sentence definition by Webster's New World
- a decision or judgment, as of a court; esp., the determination by a court of the punishment of a convicted person
- the punishment itself
- Gram. a word or a group of syntactically related words that states, asks, commands, or exclaims something; conventional unit of connected speech or writing, usually containing a subject and a predicate: in writing, a sentence begins with a capital letter and concludes with an end mark (period, question mark, etc.), and in speech a sentence begins following a silence and concludes with any of various final pitches and a terminal juncture
- Archaic a short moral saying; maxim
- Music period
Origin: Old French ; from Classical Latin sententia, way of thinking, opinion, sentiment, probably for sentientia ; from sentiens, present participle of sentire, to feel, sense
- sentential adjective
sentence definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- A grammatical unit that is syntactically independent and has a subject that is expressed or, as in imperative sentences, understood and a predicate that contains at least one finite verb.
- Law a. A court judgment, especially a judicial decision of the punishment to be inflicted on one adjudged guilty.b. The penalty meted out.
- Archaic A maxim.
- Obsolete An opinion, especially one given formally after deliberation.
Origin: Middle English, opinion, from Old French, from Latin sententia, from sentiēns, sentient-, present participle of sentīre, to feel; see sent- in Indo-European roots.
- sen·tenˈtial adjective
- sen·tenˈtial·ly adverb
sentence - Legal Definition