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Pronunciation: (sen'tns), [key]
— n., v., -tenced, -tenc•ing.
- a grammatical unit of one or more words, bearing minimal syntactic relation to the words that precede or follow it, often preceded and followed in speech by pauses, having one of a small number of characteristic intonation patterns, and typically expressing an independent statement, question, request, command, etc., as Summer is here. or Who is it? or Stop!
- an authoritative decision; a judicial judgment or decree, esp. the judicial determination of the punishment to be inflicted on a convicted criminal.
- the punishment itself.
- a period.
- a saying, apothegm, or maxim.
- an opinion given on a particular question.
- to pronounce sentence upon; condemn to punishment.
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