life imprisonment


(in Britain) an indeterminate sentence always given for murder and as a maximum sentence in several other crimes. There is no remission, although the Home Secretary may order the prisoner's release on licence

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Examples from the Web for life imprisonment

Historical Examples of life imprisonment

  • Kolya, because of extreme youth, was punished by life-imprisonment.

  • To make such a concession was to pass upon it a sentence of life-imprisonment!

    Love's Pilgrimage

    Upton Sinclair

  • Life-imprisonment has taken its place; without pardoning power anywhere, even when the plea of insanity has been sustained.

  • Why should not the life-imprisonment of the heretic safeguard the faithful as well as his death?

  • The respite was granted on the 13th of January; life-imprisonment was substituted for death.

    The Liberation of Italy

    Countess Evelyn Martinengo-Cesaresco