sentencing definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- Relating to a judicial sentence: sentencing guidelines for juvenile defendants.
- Being or relating to the one who pronounces a judicial sentence: “Prosecutors and sentencing judges alike try to deal with individuals on an individual basis, without regard to social status” (Hiller B. Zobel).
- The act of pronouncing a judicial sentence on a defendant.
- The sentence so pronounced.
Variant of sentence
- 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