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1. (n) a string of words satisfying the grammatical rules of a language; "he always spoke in grammatical sentences"
2. (v) pronounce a sentence on (somebody) in a court of law; "He was condemned to ten years in prison"
3. (n) (criminal law) a final judgment of guilty in a criminal case and the punishment that is imposed; "the conviction came as no surprise"
4. (n) 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"
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