from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. 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.
- n. Law A court judgment, especially a judicial decision of the punishment to be inflicted on one adjudged guilty.
- n. Law The penalty meted out.
- n. Archaic A maxim.
- n. Obsolete An opinion, especially one given formally after deliberation.
- transitive v. Law To pronounce sentence upon (one adjudged guilty). See Synonyms at condemn.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. To declare a sentence on a convicted person; to doom; to condemn to punishment.
- v. To decree or announce as a sentence.
- v. To utter sententiously.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. Sense; meaning; significance.
- n. An opinion; a decision; a determination; a judgment, especially one of an unfavorable nature.
- n. A philosophical or theological opinion; a dogma.
- n. 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 judicial tribunal; doom. In common law, the term is exclusively used to denote the judgment in criminal cases.
- n. A short saying, usually containing moral instruction; a maxim; an axiom; a saw.
- n. 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.
- transitive v. To pass or pronounce judgment upon; to doom; to condemn to punishment; to prescribe the punishment of.
- transitive v. To decree or announce as a sentence.
- transitive v. To utter sententiously.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Way of thinking; opinion; sentiment; judgment; decision.
- n. A saying; a maxim; an axiom.
- n. A verdict, judgment, decision, or decree; specifically, in law, a definitive judgment pronounced by a court or judge upon a criminal; a judicial decision publicly and officially declared in a criminal prosecution.
- n. In grammar, a form of words having grammatical completeness; a number of words constituting a whole, as the expression of a statement, inquiry, or command; a combination of subject and predicate.
- n. Sense; meaning.
- n. Substance; matter; contents.
- n. In music, a complete idea, usually consisting of two or four phrases. The term is used somewhat variously as to length, but it always applies to a division that is complete and satisfactory in itself.
- To pass or pronounce sentence or judgment on; condemn; doom to punishment.
- To pronounce as judgment; express as a decision or determination; decree.
- To express in a short, energetic, sententious manner.
- n. A brief response or antiphon sung by the choir in a church service.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. the period of time a prisoner is imprisoned
- n. (criminal law) a final judgment of guilty in a criminal case and the punishment that is imposed
- v. pronounce a sentence on (somebody) in a court of law
- n. a string of words satisfying the grammatical rules of a language
Middle English, opinion, from Old French, from Latin sententia, from sentiēns, sentient-, present participle of sentīre, to feel; see sent- in Indo-European roots.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle French sentence, from Latin sententia ("way of thinking, opinion, sentiment"), from sentiens, present participle of sentīre ("to feel, think"); see sentient, sense, scent. (Wiktionary)