Definition of life sentence in English:

life sentence


  • A punishment of life imprisonment or of imprisonment for a specified long period.

    • ‘He was originally given a life sentence but that sentence was later thrown out on appeal.’
    • ‘However, even in the case of a life sentence for murder the circumstances of the offence are taken into account.’
    • ‘In this, his sentence differs from a life sentence imposed on a person because of the gravity of the offence.’
    • ‘One argument in favour of the mandatory life sentence is that it amounts to a symbolic indication of the unique heinousness of murder.’
    • ‘At first he didn't realise what the life sentence of penal servitude handed down by the judge had meant.’
    • ‘You start with the hypothesis that an applicant is serving a life sentence.’
    • ‘I was positive I was on death row with a life sentence the equivalent of Alcatraz without parole.’
    • ‘Is a prisoner serving a life sentence entitled to know the reasons why he has been refused parole?’
    • ‘The new law now gives the sentencing judge the choice of imposing either a death sentence or a life sentence for the same crime.’
    • ‘Most accept a life sentence in the imprisonment of general rulings.’
    • ‘One parent was dead and the second parent was convicted of the murder and is serving a life sentence in prison.’
    • ‘He did not think he would be convicted of murder and receive a life sentence.’
    • ‘If he has not, then there can be no question of imposing a life sentence.’
    • ‘He was convicted by a court of law and sentenced to undergo a life sentence.’
    • ‘After all, the punishment for failure is more than just a life sentence without parole.’
    • ‘All he had now was a life sentence in jail, for attempted murder and rape.’
    • ‘He gives them the single best reason to extort the virtues of the death penalty over a life sentence.’
    • ‘It is whether a mandatory life sentence for murder infringes the principle, if it does apply.’
    • ‘According to law, a defendant in such case can receive between 20 years in prison and a life sentence.’
    • ‘Continuing risk to the public and danger from the offender is properly to be regarded as being taken care of by the life sentence.’
    prison term, prison sentence, jail sentence, penal sentence
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life sentence