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sen·tence  audio  (sntns) KEY 

NOUN:
  1. A grammatical unit that is syntactically independent and has a subject that is expressed or, as in imperative sentences, understood and a predicate that contains at least one finite verb.
  2. Law
    1. A court judgment, especially a judicial decision of the punishment to be inflicted on one adjudged guilty.
    2. The penalty meted out.
  3. Archaic A maxim.
  4. Obsolete An opinion, especially one given formally after deliberation.
TRANSITIVE VERB:
Law sen·tenced, sen·tenc·ing, sen·tenc·es
To pronounce sentence upon (one adjudged guilty). See Synonyms at condemn.

ETYMOLOGY:
Middle English, opinion, from Old French, from Latin sententia, from sentins, sentient- present participle of sentre, to feel; see sent- in Indo-European roots

OTHER FORMS:
sen·tential  (sn-tnshl) KEY (Adjective), sen·tential·ly(Adverb)


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