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indeterminate sentence

noun, Criminal Law.
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 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • On a charge of shoplifting she was given an indeterminate sentence of one to ten years in the penitentiary at Joliet.

  • In cases of the worst type the indeterminate sentence would doubtless resolve itself into detention for life.

    Mental Defectives and Sexual Offenders W. H. Triggs, Donald McGavin, Frederick Truby King, J. Sands Elliot, Ada G. Patterson, C.E. Matthews and J. Beck
  • It is unnecessary to say in a law journal that the indeterminate sentence is a measure as yet untried.

    The Complete Essays of C. D. Warner Charles Dudley Warner
  • In a recent article in the Outlook, he enters a plea for safeguarding the "indeterminate sentence" for convicted criminals.

  • If but a small degree of criminality exist, the safest adjustment of punishment is to be found in the indeterminate sentence.

    A Plea for the Criminal James Leslie Allan Kayll
  • For this inequality and injustice the indeterminate sentence furnishes the necessary relief.

  • A few months in the Bastile, and Voltaire's indeterminate sentence was commuted to exile.

  • The first of these is the indeterminate sentence now generally in practice in the United States.

    Society Henry Kalloch Rowe
  • The principle of the indeterminate sentence is the creation of the indeterminate mind.

    Eugenics and Other Evils G. K. Chesterton
  • From every point of view the indeterminate sentence in the case of those sent to reformatories appears the most reasonable.

    A Plea for the Criminal James Leslie Allan Kayll
British Dictionary definitions for indeterminate sentence

indeterminate sentence

(law) a prison sentence the length of which depends on the prisoner's conduct
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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