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indeterminate sentence

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noun Criminal Law.
  1. a penalty, imposed by a court, that has relatively wide limits or no limits, as one of imprisonment for one to ten years.

Origin of indeterminate sentence

First recorded in 1870–75
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Examples from the Web for indeterminate sentence

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  • The state has a parole law and an indeterminate-sentence law for convicts.

    Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 6, Slice 6

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British Dictionary definitions for indeterminate sentence

indeterminate sentence

noun
  1. law a prison sentence the length of which depends on the prisoner's conduct
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