What does death row mean?

Definitions for death row

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. death house, death row(noun)

    the cellblock in a prison where those condemned to death await execution


  1. death row(Noun)

    the section of a prison which houses those inmates who are sentenced to death


  1. Death row

    Death row, in English-speaking countries that have capital punishment, is the place, often a section of a prison, that houses prisoners awaiting execution. The term is also used figuratively to describe the state of awaiting execution, even in places where no special facility or separate unit for condemned inmates exists. After persons are found guilty of an offense and sentenced to death, they remain on death row during appeal and habeas corpus procedures, and if those are unsuccessful, until execution. Opponents of capital punishment claim that a prisoner's isolation and uncertainty over his or her fate constitute a form of mental cruelty and that especially long-time death row inmates are liable to become mentally ill, if they are not already. This is referred to as the death row phenomenon. In extreme cases some inmates may attempt suicide. In the United States, prisoners may wait years before execution can be carried out due to the complex, expensive, and time-consuming appeals procedures mandated in the jurisdiction. The time between sentencing and execution has increased relatively steadily between 1977 and 2010, including a 22% jump between 1989 and 1990 and a similar jump between 2008 and 2009. In 2010, a death row inmate waited an average of 178 months between sentencing and execution. Nearly a quarter of deaths on death row in the U.S. are due to natural causes.


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of death row in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of death row in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Coming to America:

    Tough girl I'm almost single, my husband's on death row.

  2. Robert Dunham:

    Death row is supermax, it’s extremely, highly restricted.

  3. Helen Prejean:

    He'd do it himself if he could, he'd drive up the Popemobile to death row.

  4. David Zink:

    For those who remain on death row, understand that everyone is going to die.

  5. Ray Hinton:

    I shouldn't have sat on death row for 30 years, all they had to do was test the gun.

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