Definition of pre-sentence in English:

pre-sentence

adjective

  • 1Law. That occurs before a judicial sentence.

  • 2Linguistics. That is formed before or underlies a spoken or written sentence.

noun

  • Linguistics. A construct that precedes or underlies the formation of a sentence.

Origin

1920s; earliest use found in Journal of the American Institute of Criminal Law and Criminology. From pre- + sentence.

Pronunciation

pre-sentence

/ˌpriːˈsɛnt(ə)ns/