Definition of life imprisonment in English:

life imprisonment

noun

mass noun
  • A long term of imprisonment, which (in the UK) is now the only sentence for murder and the maximum for any crime. It is indeterminate in length, and in practice is rarely for the whole of a criminal's remaining life.

    • ‘The Applicant was convicted of the murder of an elderly man in 1980 and sentenced to life imprisonment.’
    • ‘In February 1995 he was convicted of murder and sentenced to life imprisonment.’
    • ‘He spoke out after one of the two men was sentenced to life imprisonment for murder, and the other, a minor, detained indefinitely.’
    • ‘In others, such as those in the United Kingdom, it is the mandatory sentence of life imprisonment.’
    • ‘The two soldiers were sentenced to life imprisonment for murder in 1995.’
    • ‘It is this factor alone which could justify a maximum sentence of life imprisonment.’
    • ‘He faces a maximum sentence of life imprisonment if convicted, but has yet to enter a plea.’
    • ‘The large commercial quantity carried life imprisonment as a maximum.’
    • ‘On each of the murder counts, he was sentenced to concurrent terms of life imprisonment.’
    • ‘In that case it was dealing with an offender who had been convicted of murder and given what was in effect a sentence of life imprisonment.’
    • ‘He said manslaughter carried a maximum sentence of life imprisonment but that he was lenient on him as he was a first offender.’
    • ‘Although he was sentenced to life imprisonment, he has never served a day behind bars for the crimes.’
    • ‘He was sentenced to life imprisonment, though this was reduced to permanent house-arrest at his villa in Arcetri.’
    • ‘He could be executed, he could be sentenced to life imprisonment in an American jail or he could be exonerated.’
    • ‘He has now been given the maximum sentence for that crime - life imprisonment.’
    • ‘He was sentenced to life imprisonment on each count and the judge recommended a minimum custodial term of 20 years.’
    • ‘Police today issued a picture of a man sentenced to life imprisonment for attempted murder.’
    • ‘However the maximum sentence available was life imprisonment.’
    • ‘We consider first the submission that the judge should have imposed sentences of life imprisonment.’
    • ‘On 4 May 1999 the three defendants were inevitably sentenced to life imprisonment for murder.’