- 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
The state has a parole law and an indeterminate-sentence law for convicts.
- law a prison sentence the length of which depends on the prisoner's conduct
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