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 for sentence
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Sentence \Sen"tence\, n. [F., from L. sententia, for sentientia,
     from sentire to discern by the senses and the mind, to feel,
     to think. See Sense, n., and cf. Sentiensi.]
     1. Sense; meaning; significance. [Obs.]
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              Tales of best sentence and most solace. --Chaucer.
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              The discourse itself, voluble enough, and full of
              sentence.                             --Milton.
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     2.
        (a) An opinion; a decision; a determination; a judgment,
            especially one of an unfavorable nature.
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                  My sentence is for open war.      --Milton.
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                  That by them [Luther's works] we may pass
                  sentence upon his doctrines.      --Atterbury.
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        (b) A philosophical or theological opinion; a dogma; as,
            Summary of the Sentences; Book of the Sentences.
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     3. (Law) In civil and admiralty law, the judgment of a court
        pronounced in a cause; in criminal and ecclesiastical
        courts, a judgment passed on a criminal by a court or
        judge; condemnation pronounced by a judicial tribunal;
        doom. In common law, the term is exclusively used to
        denote the judgment in criminal cases.
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              Received the sentence of the law.     --Shak.
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     4. A short saying, usually containing moral instruction; a
        maxim; an axiom; a saw. --Broome.
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     5. (Gram.) A combination of words which is complete as
        expressing a thought, and in writing is marked at the
        close by a period, or full point. See Proposition, 4.
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     Note: Sentences are simple or compound. A simple sentence
           consists of one subject and one finite verb; as, "The
           Lord reigns." A compound sentence contains two or more
           subjects and finite verbs, as in this verse: 
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                 He fills, he bounds, connects, and equals all.
                                                    --Pope.
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     Dark sentence, a saying not easily explained.
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              A king . . . understanding dark sentences. --Dan.
                                                    vii. 23.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Sentence \Sen"tence\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Sentenced; p. pr. &
     vb. n. Sentencing.]
     1. To pass or pronounce judgment upon; to doom; to condemn to
        punishment; to prescribe the punishment of.
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              Nature herself is sentenced in your doom. --Dryden.
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     2. To decree or announce as a sentence. [Obs.] --Shak.
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     3. To utter sententiously. [Obs.] --Feltham.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  sentence
      n 1: a string of words satisfying the grammatical rules of a
           language; "he always spoke in grammatical sentences"
      2: (criminal law) a final judgment of guilty in a criminal case
         and the punishment that is imposed; "the conviction came as
         no surprise" [syn: conviction, judgment of conviction,
         condemnation, sentence] [ant: acquittal]
      3: the period of time a prisoner is imprisoned; "he served a
         prison term of 15 months"; "his sentence was 5 to 10 years";
         "he is doing time in the county jail" [syn: prison term,
         sentence, time]
      v 1: pronounce a sentence on (somebody) in a court of law; "He
           was condemned to ten years in prison" [syn: sentence,
           condemn, doom]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  181 Moby Thesaurus words for "sentence":
     Parthian shot, acquittal, act on, action, adage, address,
     adjectival phrase, adjudge, adjudicate, affirmation, allegation,
     ana, analects, anathematize, anathematizing, answer, aphorism,
     apostrophe, apothegm, article, assertion, attaint, averment, award,
     axiom, back matter, blacklist, blame, book, bring home to, byword,
     catchword, censure, chapter, clause, collected sayings, comment,
     condemn, condemnation, consideration, construction, convict,
     conviction, crack, current saying, damn, damnation, death sentence,
     death warrant, decision, declaration, decree, deliverance,
     denounce, denouncement, denunciate, denunciation, determination,
     devote, diagnosis, dictate, dictum, distich, doom, epigram,
     exclamation, excommunicate, excommunication, expression, fascicle,
     find, find against, find for, find guilty, finding, folio,
     front matter, gathering, gnome, golden saying, greeting,
     guilty verdict, headed group, idiom, idiotism, interjection, judge,
     judgement, judgment, landmark decision, locution,
     manner of speaking, maxim, mention, moral, mot, motto, note,
     noun phrase, number, observation, oracle, ordain, order, page,
     paragraph, pass judgment, pass sentence, pass sentence on, passage,
     peculiar expression, penalize, penalty, period, phrasal idiom,
     phrase, pithy saying, position, precedent, precept, prescript,
     prognosis, pronounce, pronounce judgment, pronounce on,
     pronounce sentence, pronouncement, proscribe, proscription,
     proverb, proverbial saying, proverbs, punish, punishment, question,
     rap, reflection, remark, report, resolution, return a verdict,
     rule, ruling, saw, say, saying, section, sententious expression,
     set phrase, sheet, signature, sloka, standard phrase, statement,
     stock saying, subjoinder, sutra, syntactic structure, teaching,
     term, text, thought, turn of expression, turn of phrase, usage,
     utter a judgment, utterance, verb complex, verb phrase, verbalism,
     verdict, verdict of guilty, verse, way of speaking, wisdom,
     wisdom literature, wise saying, witticism, word, word-group,
     words of wisdom
  
  

From The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing (18 March 2015) :

  sentence
  
      A collection of clauses.
  
     See also definite sentence.
  
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From Bouvier's Law Dictionary, Revised 6th Ed (1856) :

  SENTENCE. A judgment, or judicial declaration made by a judge in a cause. 
  The term judgment is more usually applied to civil, and sentence to criminal 
  proceedings. 
       2. Sentences are final, when they put, an end to the case; or 
  interlocutory, when they settle only some incidental matter which has arisen 
  in the course of its progress. Vide Aso & Man. Inst. B. 3, t. 8, c. 1. 
  
  

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