What does Sentence mean?

Definitions for Sentence
ˈsɛn tnssen·tence

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. sentencenoun

    a string of words satisfying the grammatical rules of a language

    "he always spoke in grammatical sentences"

  2. conviction, judgment of conviction, condemnation, sentencenoun

    (criminal law) a final judgment of guilty in a criminal case and the punishment that is imposed

    "the conviction came as no surprise"

  3. prison term, sentence, timeverb

    the period of time a prisoner is imprisoned

    "he served a prison term of 15 months"; "his sentence was 5 to 10 years"; "he is doing time in the county jail"

  4. sentence, condemn, doomverb

    pronounce a sentence on (somebody) in a court of law

    "He was condemned to ten years in prison"


  1. sentencenoun

    One's opinion; manner of thinking.

  2. sentencenoun

    Someone's pronounced opinion or judgment on a given question.

  3. sentencenoun

    The decision or judgement of a jury or court; a verdict.

    The court returned a sentence of guilt in the first charge, but innocence in the second.

  4. sentencenoun

    The judicial order for a punishment to be imposed on a person convicted of a crime.

    The judge declared a sentence of death by hanging for the infamous cattle rustler.

  5. sentencenoun

    A saying, especially form a great person; a maxim, an apophthegm.

  6. sentencenoun

    A grammatically complete series of words consisting of a subject and predicate, even if one or the other is implied, and typically beginning with a capital letter and ending with a full stop.

    The children were made to construct sentences consisting of nouns and verbs from the list on the chalkboard.

  7. sentencenoun

    A formula with no free variables.

  8. sentencenoun

    Any of the set of strings that can be generated by a given formal grammar.

  9. sentenceverb

    To declare a sentence on a convicted person.

    The judge sentenced the embezzler to ten years in prison, along with a hefty fine.

  10. Etymology: From sentence, from sententia, from sentiens, present participle of sentire; see sentient, sense, scent.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. SENTENCEnoun

    Etymology: sentence, French; sententia, Latin.

    The rule of voluntary agents on earth is the sentence that reason giveth, concerning the goodness of those things which they are to do. Richard Hooker.

    If we have neither voice from heaven, that so pronounceth of them, neither sentence of men grounded upon such manifest and clear proof, that they, in whose hands it is to alter them, may likewise infallibly, even in heart and conscience, judge them so; upon necessity to urge alteration, is to trouble and disturb without necessity. Richard Hooker.

    How will I give sentence against them. Jer. iv. 12.

    If matter of fact breaks out with too great an evidence to be denied, why, still there are other lenitives, that friendship will apply, before it will be brought to the decretory rigours of a condemning sentence. Robert South, Sermons.

    Let him set out some of Luther’s works, that by them we may pass sentence upon his doctrines. Francis Atterbury.

    By the consent of all laws, in capital causes, the evidence must be full and clear; and if so, where one man’s life is in question, what say we to a war, which is ever the sentence of death upon many? Francis Bacon, holy War.

    What rests but that the mortal sentence pass? John Milton.

    A sentence may be defined a moral instruction couched in a few words. , Notes on the Odyssey.

    An excellent spirit, knowledge, understanding, and shewing of hard sentences were found in Daniel. Dan. v. 12.

  2. To Sentenceverb

    Etymology: sentencier, Fr. from the noun.

    After this cold consid’rance, sentence me;
    And, as you are a king, speak in your state,
    What I have done that misbecame my place. William Shakespeare.

    Came the mild judge and intercessor both,
    To sentence man. John Milton.

    Could that decree from our brother come?
    Nature herself is sentenc’d in your doom:
    Piety is no more. Dryden.

    Idleness, sentenced by the decurions, was punished by so many stripes. William Temple.


  1. sentence

    A sentence is a grammatically complete grouping of words that conveys a complete thought, idea or statement. It usually consists of a subject and a predicate (which includes a verb). In written English, it begins with a capital letter and ends with a period, question mark, or exclamation point.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Sentencenoun

    sense; meaning; significance

  2. Sentencenoun

    an opinion; a decision; a determination; a judgment, especially one of an unfavorable nature

  3. Sentencenoun

    a philosophical or theological opinion; a dogma; as, Summary of the Sentences; Book of the Sentences

  4. Sentencenoun

    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. Sentencenoun

    a short saying, usually containing moral instruction; a maxim; an axiom; a saw

  6. Sentencenoun

    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. Sentenceverb

    to pass or pronounce judgment upon; to doom; to condemn to punishment; to prescribe the punishment of

  8. Sentenceverb

    to decree or announce as a sentence

  9. Sentenceverb

    to utter sententiously

  10. Etymology: [F., from L. sententia, for sentientia, from sentire to discern by the senses and the mind, to feel, to think. See Sense, n., and cf. Sentiensi.]


  1. Sentence

    A sentence is a grammatical unit consisting of one or more words that are grammatically linked. A sentence can include words grouped meaningfully to express a statement, question, exclamation, request, command or suggestion. A sentence can also be defined in orthographic terms alone, i.e., as anything which is contained between a capital letter and a full stop. For instance, the opening of Charles Dickens' novel Bleak House begins with the following three sentences: The first sentence involves one word, a proper noun. The second sentence has only a non-finite verb. The third is a single nominal group. Only an orthographic definition encompasses this variation. As with all language expressions, sentences might contain function and content words and contain properties distinct to natural language, such as characteristic intonation and timing patterns. Sentences are generally characterized in most languages by the presence of a finite verb, e.g. "The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog".

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Sentence

    sen′tens, n. opinion: a judgment pronounced on a criminal by a court or judge: a maxim: (gram.) a number of words containing a complete thought: sense: meaning: matter.—v.t. to pronounce judgment on: to condemn.—n. Sen′tencer, one who sentences.—adj. Senten′tial, pertaining to a sentence: comprising sentences.—adv. Senten′tially.—adj. Senten′tious, abounding with sentences or maxims: short and pithy in expression: bombastic, or affected in speech.—adv. Senten′tiously.—n. Senten′tiousness, brevity with strength.—Master of the Sentences, the great 12th-century schoolman, Peter Lombard (died 1160), from his work Sententiarum Libri IV., an arranged collection of sentences from Augustine, &c. [Fr.,—L. sententiasentīre, to feel.]

Military Dictionary and Gazetteer

  1. sentence

    Decision, determination, final judgment. There is an appeal allowed from the sentence of a regimental court-martial to the opinion of a general one.

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  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Sentence' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #1838

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Sentence' in Written Corpus Frequency: #1766

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Sentence' in Nouns Frequency: #551

  4. Verbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Sentence' in Verbs Frequency: #927

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Sentence in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Sentence in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

Examples of Sentence in a Sentence

  1. Steve Mellin:

    A death sentence is not giving him what he wants. It is giving him what he deserves, frankly, it's not even close.

  2. Anna Veduta:

    Even if the reports about Navalny being transferred to the Melekhovo Penal Colony are true, it is hardly a relief. This colony is known to be one of the toughest and most torturous in Russia, before Navalny’s appeal to a nine-year sentence in a maximum-security prison was upheld, there were already rumors he would be transferred to this colony.

  3. Rob Howard:

    This is a huge competitive advantage for Amazon, it's not a death sentence yet for local carriers but it's a new path.

  4. Georg Baetzing:

    He must talk, and he must override his advisers and essentially say the simple sentence: ’I incurred guilt, I made mistakes and I apologize to those affected, it won’t work any other way.

  5. Nadezhda Savchenko:

    I don't accept my guilt or recognize the sentence of a Russian court.

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