- The act of pronouncing a judicial sentence on someone convicted of a crime.
- After the verdict, the sentencing was not delayed.
- (colloquial) The act of creating one or more complete sentences from fragmented thoughts and phrases.
- He struggled with sentencing his frayed and angry verses from poem to prose.
- Present participle of sentence.
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 of sentenceOld French ; from Classical Latin sententia, way of thinking, opinion, sentiment, probably for sentientia ; from sentiens, present participle of sentire, to feel, sense