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Definition of Sentence


  1. Sense; meaning; significance.
  2. An opinion; a decision; a determination; a judgment, especially one of an unfavorable nature.
  3. A philosophical or theological opinion; a dogma; as, Summary of the Sentences; Book of the Sentences.
  4. In civil and admiralty law, the judgment of a court pronounced in a cause; in criminal and ecclesiastical courts, a judgment passed on a criminal by a court or judge; condemnation pronounced by a judgical tribunal; doom. In common law, the term is exclusively used to denote the judgment in criminal cases.
  5. A short saying, usually containing moral instruction; a maxim; an axiom; a saw.
  6. A combination of words which is complete as expressing a thought, and in writing is marked at the close by a period, or full point. See Proposition, 4.
  7. To pass or pronounce judgment upon; to doom; to condemn to punishment; to prescribe the punishment of.
  8. To decree or announce as a sentence.
  9. To utter sententiously.
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sentence in Afrikaans is sin
sentence in Dutch is frase, zin, volzin
sentence in Finnish is lause
sentence in Hungarian is mondat
sentence in Italian is punizione, condannare, frase
sentence in Spanish is punicion, frase, condenar