indeterminate sentence

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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indeterminate sentence

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