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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.



Nearby words

indeterminable, indeterminacy, indeterminacy principle, indeterminate, indeterminate equation, indeterminate sentence, indeterminate vowel, indetermination, indeterminism, index, index card

Origin of indeterminate sentence

First recorded in 1870–75 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for indeterminate sentence

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

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

British Dictionary definitions for indeterminate sentence

indeterminate sentence


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