- an authoritative decision; a judicial judgment or decree, especially the judicial determination of the punishment to be inflicted on a convicted criminal: Knowledgeable sources say that the judge will announce the sentence early next week.
- the punishment itself; term: a three-year sentence.
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In everyday speech we routinely use phrases or clauses that would not make a complete sentence—so-called sentence fragments —because the conversation or the circumstances make the meaning clear. For example, we might answer a question like “Where did you go?” with “To the store,” or “Why can’t I stay out till midnight?” with “Because I say so,” or “What are you doing?” with “Trying to fix this toaster,” instead of “I went to the store,” “You can't stay out that late because I say so,” or “I am trying to fix this toaster.” In written dialogue sentence fragments are perfectly acceptable. They would generally be regarded as sentences simply because they begin with a capital letter and end with a suitable punctuation mark. But they are not sentences in a strict grammatical sense. And as a rule, sentence fragments are frowned upon in formal or expository writing. They can be useful—indeed, powerful—but in such writing they are effective only if used sparingly, in order to achieve a deliberate special effect: We will not give up fighting for this cause. Not now. Not ever.
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Some “hanging judges” have handed down hundreds of death sentences at a time.
The now-convicted felons will hear their sentences in January, but their story continues to spiral downward.
Even when he opens up, the sentences are wooden, the scenes sucked dry of emotion.
Many of the nearly two dozen charges carry sentences ranging up to life in prison.
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She had never before heard so many English sentences without being able to understand one word.Ramona|Helen Hunt Jackson
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Sometimes only the initial consonants of the words or phrases or sentences are used.Assimilative Memory|Marcus Dwight Larrowe (AKA Prof. A. Loisette)
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